National Princess Week-Tiana

Today’s post focuses on Tiana from 2009’s The Princess and the Frog. Tiana holds the distinction of being the first African American Disney Princess.

Tiana

Wiki opening paragraphs: “Tiana is the protagonist of Disney‘s 2009 animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. She is a gifted cook living in New Orleans during the Jazz Age, with the dream of opening and owning a restaurant of her own.

Tiana is the ninth official Disney Princess.”, “Tiana is a fictional main character who appears in Walt Disney Pictures‘ 49th animated feature film The Princess and the Frog (2009). Created by directors Ron Clements and John Musker and animated by Mark Henn, Tiana is voiced by Anika Noni Rose as an adult, while Elizabeth M. Dampier voices the character as a child.

Tiana is loosely based on two princesses. Firstly, Princess Emma, the heroine of E. D. Baker‘s novel The Frog Princess. Secondly, the princess that appears in the Brothers Grimm fairy tale titled The Frog Prince (published in 1812) by which E.D. Baker’s novel was originally inspired.

A hardworking waitress who dreams of opening her own restaurant, Tiana’s progress is stalled when she transforms into a frog after desperately kissing a prince who has been turned into one by an evil witch doctor. The ninth Disney Princess, Tiana is the first to be of African-American heritage.

Tiana has been mostly positively received, with critics praising her personality and values. However, the depiction of Tiana and her community has been criticized for lacking “emphasis on racial issues”.[1] The decision to depict the two main characters, Tiana and Naveen, as frogs for the majority of the movie has also caused controversy, with some saying that it is equating people of color to animals.[2]

Tiana with Naveen in his frog form:

Tiana and Froggy Naveen

When I picked up my 2016 DS Tiana, I did a review of her. You can read it here.

And here’s a couple new pics of her.

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Dress: Barbie Fashion Fever, ca. 2005. Shoes: Barbie Fashionistas coffee shop outfit 3-pack, ca. 2013.
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Dress: Party Lace Barbie, Hills exclusive, 1989. Shoes: unknown Barbie outfit.

Get your carpets ready for tomorrow!

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