Thursday, January 29, 2015

Meet Disney's First Latina Princess – Princess Elena of Avalor

Princess Elena of Avalor.
Disney's finally has a Latina princess– meet Princess Elena of Avalor.

She will be introduced in an episode of the Disney Junior show "Sofia The First". When that program was first announced, there was confusion as to whether Princess Sofia was Latina. However, Disney later clarified that she was not Latina, but that they had a Latina princess show in development. That show will be for Princess Elena of Avalor. After her debut in "Sofia The First", she will have her own program (also on the Disney Junior network), tentatively titled "Elena of Avalor", and scheduled to debut on the network in 2016.

Aimee Carrero.
Please note that she is not even remotely the first Latina/Hispanic princess in real life. Not including Princess Leonor of Asturias (and any of the previous princesses of the Iberian peninsula), there are a few other Latina/Hispanic princesses in Europe. They include Princess Ángela of Liechtenstein (originally from Panamá) and Princess Alexandra of Luxembourg (whose mother, the Grand Duchess María Teresa of Luxembourg, is Cuban). One might also count the daughters of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, née Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in Argentina (Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange; and princesses Alexia and Ariane) as current Latina princesses.

Princess Elena of Avalor will be voiced by actress Aimee Carrero, currently playing Sofía Rodríguez in the ABC Family program "Young & Hungry". 

For more information about Princess Elena of Avalor, click here

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