The character of Princess Sofia (pictured left) was voiced by actress Ariel Winters. The character’s mother, Queen Miranda (r), was voiced by “Modern Family Star” Sara Ramirez. (Photo/Courtesy Disney Junior)

Disney’s first Latina princess: Mom bloggers respond

When the executive producer of the upcoming Disney TV movie and 2013 series, Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess, said Sofia is Disney’s first Latina princess, he set off a torrent of discussion, celebration and criticism from Latinas who wanted to chime in on what they thought of Sofia’s portrayal.

A Disney spokesperson told E! Online,  “the range of characters in Sofia the First and the actors who play them “are a reflection of Disney’s commitment to diverse, multicultural storytelling, and the wonderful early reaction to Sofia affirms that commitment.”

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NBC Latino gathered reactions from top Latina mom bloggers, who had plenty to say about Sofia being Latina.

Disneys first Latina princess: Mom bloggers respond joscelynramos parenting family NBC Latino NewsJoscelyn Ramos Campbell

“I feel this is great first step for Disney. They’ve never had a Latina princess before and I’ve seen the reaction – I know people are on the fence about the fact that she’s too fair-skinned. But let’s get real: she lives in a made up, fantasy land – she’s not from Mexico like Dora is. My personal opinion is that we should applaud Disney for taking this step. This is the first time they’ve created a Latina princess. Granted, it might not be the stereotypical Latina that has a dark complexion and dark hair. But that’s what it is – a stereotype.

Latinas come in all shapes and sizes, so there are Latinas that do look like her. We should applaud Disney instead of tearing them down because this is the first time they’ve been attention to the Latino community. This is a starting point and as a community we should support the fact that they are doing this, for the consumer that has purchased their blonde-haired dolls for years. They have more work to do but we have to take this step within the context that there is some type of Latino connection here.

Disney has never had a Latina princess, so if we support them with this, than they can move forward and make another princess with a darker complexion.”

Roachele Negron

Roachele Negron

I have to say I’m really disappointed. She doesn’t look like the majority of Latinas in the world. On a global scale. Not what is portrayed on Spanish language television. Yes we do come in many skin tones and this was a great opportunity for Disney to show that. Instead they dropped the ball. She is white and her mother is off white skin tone.

Also, so let me get this straight….her single mother marries a white king and she becomes a princess? Really? So she doesn’t even get royal blood in a made up county? Sigh.
I’m not surprised by Disney’s choice.

Unfortunately, my daughter who has light caramel skin will not see herself in “Sofia” {with her Spanish imperial rule name…} without prompting. Which I see no benefit for her in me doing so.

Disneys first Latina princess: Mom bloggers respond  parenting family NBC Latino NewsJeannette Kaplun

I’m all about diversity and inclusion, so whenever I see new Disney characters that reflect different groups in our community, it makes me happy. I have not seen the movie, other than the trailer, and although I do agree Hispanics come in all colors and sizes, I would not have guessed Sofia the First is Latina just from looking at her.  I do love the name they chose for this princess… because my own little girl’s name is Sofia.

It’s hard to say how darker your skin or your eyes need to be to appear more Latina or Hispanic. My son has dark hair and blue eyes, my daughter has light brown hair and hazel eyes, while I have brown eyes and blonde hair. Am I the most Hispanic of my family because my eyes are darker?

More than focus on whether she looks Latina enough, I think it’s great that Disney is showing a single mom that remarries and how two families blend together. That is a growing reality for many children and I am really looking forward to this TV movie.

Adrianna Domingos-LupherAdrianna Domingos-Lupher

As a Latina mom of two girls who look, literally, as different as night and day, Princess Sofia fits right into our beautiful Latino rainbow.

La Grande, my eldest, is outwardly brown, hair, skin, and eyes.  La Rubia Peligrosa is truly my dangerous blonde, complete with green eyes and fair skin.

I often joke that La Rubia is dangerous because she’s almost like secret Latina spy.  Nobody will look at her and say, “What are you?”

Our strength as Latino Americans is in our diversity.  We cross all color lines.  Let’s embrace and welcome our newest Disney Princess, La Princesa Sofia!

Additional reporting by NBC Latino’s Nina Terrero.

What do you think about Princess Sofia? Is she Latina enough for you? Do you agree or disagree with any of the Latina moms above? Let us know in the comments.

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