01 of 08
Pretty as a Princess
There are many people who mistakenly envision a princess as golden-haired and blue-eyed. That's why it's so essential that the "royal treatment" is extended to little girls of all backgrounds and ethnic makeups. When a girl of color looks at herself in the mirror, she needs to feel that she, too, is as pretty as a princess. Why? Because she is.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
02 of 08
Tiana, Disney's First African-American Princess
Debuting in 2009 in Disney's 49th animated feature, Princess Tiana of Maldonia is a smart, talented woman who has dreams of owning her own business. Blessed with a driving ambition and culinary skills galore, Tiana made her mark in The Princess and the Frog. In 2016, Hasbro unveiled a brand-new interpretation of the African-American heroine. Tiana is part of Hasbro's "Royal Shimmer Fashion" doll assortment.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
03 of 08
Taking the Crown in Hand
The appeal of the so-called ethnic princesses is that they send positive images to girls who are at an impressionable age. Disney has done a great job of not just presenting girls who are born to the manor. Rather, many of their princesses achieve their station through hard work and ingenuity. Even the ones lucky enough to be born into the lap of luxury are given challenges to overcome. These are important life lessons. The Disney Princesses show that all girls--from all economic backgrounds,... nationalities, social standing--have that spark of greatness within.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
04 of 08
Jasmine, Aladdin's Inspiration
Aladdin might have centered on the bond between a boy and his genie, but the feisty princess Jasmine more than holds her own. Jasmine is interested in the world outside her palace doors; and though she is supposed to be sheltered from harm, she races to embrace "A Whole New World." The Hasbro Jasmine doll, part of the Royal Shimmer Fashion collection, appeals to girls of all nationalities who admire headstrong, independent characters. Her appearance, though, speaks directly to young... girls who are of a Semitic and Middle Eastern heritage.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
05 of 08
Princesses Can Be Tomboys, Too
If you think that a princess has to be perfectly poised, think again! The Disney Princesses often find themselves in messy situations. One of the heroines who really had to scramble to keep herself alive and well was Mulan. The Chinese girl went undercover as a male soldier to fight for the honor of her family. Her selflessness elevated her to a national hero. Mulan saved her family and her country, and she kicked down the stereotypes of Asian girls being meek and mild.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
06 of 08
Mulan Brings Honor to Herself
Mulan joins the other Hasbro Royal Shimmer Fashion dolls, looking stylish and strong. The Royal Shimmer characters are perfect for ages 3 and up. Each of the dolls is dressed in a signature-colored gown, but the ensemble is embellished with a glimmer pattern. The dolls truly make a fashion statement. They are gorgeous interpretations of the more familiar Disney palettes.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
07 of 08
Pocahontas Is Miraculous
In the musical Pocahontas, the title character belts out the anthem "Colors of the Wind." She educates John Smith about the vast differences between her people's worldview and those of the Europeans. Despite the seemingly vast canyon between the two, Pocahontas and John find common ground. Pocahontas is an ambassador of reason and intellect, concerns for nurturing the earth and protecting her country's wildlife.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
08 of 08
We Are All Princesses
The take-away lesson to be found in the Disney Princesses and in the Hasbro line is a simple but profound one for today's girls: We are all different. We don't all look or behave the same. Because of our diversity and our distinct individuality, we all have strengths and talents and unique capabilities. We all can be princesses.