All hail Elena! Disney has created its first Latina princess — meet Elena of Avalor! The adorable new royal will make her official debut in 2016, during a special episode of Sofia the First, Disney Junior’s hit show for preschoolers.
Princess Elena, who wears a red ruffled dress and is adorned with hoop earrings and a flower garnish in her long dark hair, “is a confident and compassionate teenager in an enchanted fairy tale kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore,” the network said in a statement on Thursday, Jan. 29. She’s “bold, caring, funny, and clever” and is “the ascendant to the throne in the fairy tale kingdom of Avalor.”
“Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience,” Nancy Kanter, Disney Junior’s Executive Vice President and General Manager said in the statement. “What excites us most is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population of Hispanic and Latino families and reflect the interests and aspirations of all children as told through a classic fairy tale.”
After the 16-year-old makes her debut, she’ll star in her own spin-off series, Elena of Avalor, on Disney Junior in 2016.
Elena will be voiced by Young & Hungry star Aimee Carrero and is intended for children ages 2 through 7.
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