Disney says that fair-skinned Sofia IS NOT a Latina princess after backlash
Disney said that its new character Princess Sofia is not actually Latina amid suggestions to the contrary. A show representative previously stated that the main character of the upcoming series called Sofia The First is Latina, which would have made her the first Disney princess of Hispanic descent. On Friday, however, the senior vice president of original programming issued a statement on the character’s Facebook page saying that she isn’t a ‘Latina princess’ ‘Sofia is a fairytale girl who lives in a fairytale world. All our characters come from fantasy lands that may reflect elements of various cultures and ethnicities but none are meant to specifically represent those real world cultures,’ Nancy Kanter wrote in the post. The speculation about Sofia’s race came as soon as a picture of the character was released because she has light brown hair, fair skin and blue eyes. It was met with a mixed response because some members of the Latino community found it to be an inspired choice meant to reflect the diversity in the group, while others believed that she did not look ‘Latina enough’. The directorial decisions were highlighted by the fact that Sofia’s mother Mirand is drawn with darker brown hair and visibly darker skin. Ms Kanter made note of that difference, explaining that Sofia’s parents are different ethnicities, though those ethnicities are also part of the fictional world of the show and cannot be pinned down to a specific country in reality. ‘Sofia’s mom comes from a fictitious land, Galdiz, which was inspired by Spain. There are wonderful stories coming up in which Sofia and her family celebrate a winter holiday called Wassailia (reminiscent of a Scandinavian Christmas), and go on a picnic in Wei-Ling, an Asian-inspired kingdom,’ she wrote.