Poor Sofia, she yet to make her debut next month and already she’s getting backlash from the media and the Latina community. But why? What did this little Disney Princess do?
Being front and center as the 1st Latina Disney Princess is no easy feat. On one side, the Latina community is happy that their little princess can identify with another Latina in the “Princess Community”. Disney clearly has come a long way. By having Princess Sofia join the ranks of Disney Princess it illustrates that every child can be a princess no matter what you look like or where you come from.
But why the backlash? The question is: Is Sofia Latina Enough? Why is she so light-skinned and have light eyes? Can she speak Spanish? Will her Latina heritage come out in the made for television movie? Wait a second….can we give Princess Sofia some space?!!? She just made her debut to the Royal Ball and we’re already drilling the Wee Princess with so many questions.
I understand identity & representation is at stake. I want my daughter to have pride knowing that her culture was best represented by Disney but asking those same questions to an actual Latina IS insulting! Who are we to judge is Sofia is Latina enough? What is the right amount of color in a little girl of Latina heritage? Would you speak to our own children in that sense?
My own daughter may seem “more” Latina if she is standing next to me. But if she is on her own, some may not realize she is Hispanic. Since we are a multicultural family, her first & last name is NOT a typical Latina name. Her name is very Anglo and you know, that is okay! Being “Latina Enough” doesn’t define who my daughter is.
I showed her the YouTube video and she was super excited. In fact, we watched the “Sofia the First-Once Upon a Princess”YouTube preview together. We talked about culture and the perception of being Latina but more important, we spoke about identity and how my own daughter saw herself in the Latina community. She said “Mom, is doesn’t matter to me how people see me. I am what I am. I’m Latina, but I don’t have to hold a sign in front me pointing that out. I like Princess Sofia so far and I feel for her, since people don’t think she’s Latina enough!”
I’m proud that we have our first Latina Disney Princess. Princess Sofia, you are 100% Latina enough for me! Will you speak Spanish as you get older? Maybe or maybe not.
To see Princess Sofia watch the Disney Channel Sunday, November 18th at 6p.m central.
Embrace the differences and relish the advance we all make in this multicultural world.
“Princess Sofia is a mixed-heritage princess in a fairy-tale world,” explained Gerber. “Her mother is originally from an enchanted kingdom inspired by Spain (Galdiz) and her birth father hailed from an enchanted kingdom inspired by Scandinavia. Sofia was born and raised in Enchancia, which is a make-believe ‘melting pot’ kingdom patterned on the British Isles. Sofia considers herself a normal Enchancian girl like any other. Her mixed heritage and blended family are a reflection of what many children today experience.”