Disney have created their first ever black princess character for upcoming New-Orleans based flick, 'The Frog Princess'. Her name's Maddy and she joins eight other Disney princess characters, who have generated $3 billion in global retail sales since 1999. Woweezy. Disney Princesses is the fastest-growing brand for the company’s Consumer Products division so they were about ready to cash in on the black pound/dollar.
The House of Mouse introduced its first non-white animated heroine in 1992's Aladdin: the parachute panted but burka free bad-girl, Jasmine. Three years later they hit the native Americans with Pochahontas (that colours of the wind song was HOT)
THEN we got our Chinese heroine Mulan in 1998. The rest? Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty (not technically royalty but whatever) and The Little Mermaid.
Maddy's got natural hair and everything - got to love that Disney team. It's been a long time coming but if I'd had this maybe I'd have spent fewer play-times running round with a cardigan over my head emulating flowing princess locks. Then again, probably not. Let's hope they don't oversaturate the poor thing with Ebonics and characters doing wacky 'ethnic' hand gestures and shrieking about things - no doubt they'll play up a Voodoo element. Call me in for the focus group I say, I'll tell em what's what.
It only took 84 years - better late than never.