Disney had been making amazing animated films for over 70 years, and in that time we have celebrated a wide variety of different characters from all over the world. However despite this, Disney has been often criticized over the years for their lack of ethnic diversity, especially in their princess line up.
Last week we welcomed Disney's first Latina princess to the gang; Elena of Avalor. Elena joins Princesses Tiana, Pocahontas, Mulan and Jasmine, (and unofficial princesses Kida and Esmeralda) as characters of ethnic origin, and in 2016 they will also be joined by Pacific Princess, [Moana](movie:2366693).
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While it's fantastic to see Disney making bigger strides to include characters from all ethnicities, it seems like some very talented artists have gone even further and have created some wonderful art works showing how some of our favorite [Frozen](movie:411685) characters might look if their ethnicities had been changed!
'Racebending' is the term given when a content creator changes the ethnicity of a character, and while it was historically used in Hollywood to discriminate against people of color, now the term is being reclaimed!
Take a look at these fabulous creations of how a racebent Frozen might look:
Oh man, how amazing does that dress look on her? Beauty Queen! One DeviantArt commenter had this to say about her:
Omfg, a perfectly race bent Elsa! As a black person myself I can vouch for the fact that she is perfect. The nose, the mouth and THE HAIR! The hair is so well done and a proper representation of what it looks like. Wavy and slightly kinky and amazing. I love it, I love you and now I'm going to go show this to all my Frozen fangirlfriends because work like this deserves to be shared to everyone.
The two sisters
There's not much more you can say when you see these two together, no matter what their skin color happens to be, other than, "aweee."
Elsa is just letting it all go in this one! I love her beautiful curls billowing out behind her.
One anonymous admirer of this artwork of Anna by artist Juliajm15 wrote:
I love your versions, especially when they make imagining the rest of the movie with your Anna & Elsa more fun... for example, your Anna in the 'just woke up scene' became ten times more fun because curly thick hair just... goes everywhere if you sleep with it out (I should know!). Thank you,
Talented artist Te-GR spent a lot of time researching the Mongolian people to try and make her racebent Elsa accurate, though she admits that she still knows little about the Mongolian people and culture and is always willing to learn more so she can improve her art. Now that's awesome!
Despite DeviantArtist kamidoodles admitting that they get next-to-no snow in the Philippines, she still wanted to keep her Filipino Elsa in her snowy element because "hey, it's magical anyway, right?" Damn straight! She has also changed Elsa's dress into a modern terno, which is one of the national costumes of the Philippines, what a nice touch.
Artist Pugletz really wanted a Latina Princess in the Disney lineup, so instead of waiting for them to make one, she turned Elsa into one (this artwork was made before Elena of Avalor was announced)! She also highly recommends we all listen to the Spanish version of "Let It Go," so for your listening pleasure:
This Saami version of Elsa comes complete with a gákti (traditional piece of clothing) that is based on the artists own!
This artist transformed Elsa into a Mexican princess. She wears a traditional Mexican Folklorico dress. Her nose shape, eye color, skin color and hair color were also changed and flowers and ribbons added. How cool does this look?!