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Snow White Gets First-Ever POC Representation!

The time has come for some positive changes.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?

 

It seems like Snow White has joined the list of so many other Disney animated films being adapted into live-action! And who is crowned as this Disney Princess? It’s none other than West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler! The actress also took to Twitter to confirm the news while presumably responding to evil online trolls who complained about her casting.

 

Twitter @rachelzegler

 

Zegler also promises… 

 

“[Zegler’s]  extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts,” said Marc Webb, who has been tapped to direct the upcoming adaptation, in a statement. “Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale.”

 

Zegler has also been expressive about her excitement about clinching the role.

 

 

Proving her point, she also brought back old photos of her playing another Disney Princess, Ariel, with her manifested caption.

 

 

Disney is also diversifying its iconic princesses by casting Halle Bailey, a black actress, as Ariel, the mermaid known for her fire-engine red hair and green fishtail. This casting was initially met with negative remarks, citing that Ariel is a Danish character and therefore has white skin. 

 

 

Casting preferences aside, let’s not forget the importance of cultural diversification and representation! With a mega-company as influential as Disney, hiring POCs to bring these dearly loved fairy tale characters to life will do wonders in raising racial awareness.

 

*Cover image via Instagram
@rachelzegler/ Walt Disney Productions

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