Saturday, December 12, 2009

Disney's first Black Princess - with curly hair!

The Princess and the Frog - a new movie opening December 11 - features Disney's first Black princess! And what makes this even more interesting is that Tiana the princess has a fairly natural Black 'do: curls and a coif!

This is big news. If you've been following us at Yeah What She Said for a while, you'll know that Black women's hair is a hot topic right now. First Mattell made new Black Barbies, some featuring more "natural" hair styles. Then Chris Rock released Good Hair - a documentary that explores Black women's hair and the reasons why they relax it, straighten it, buy weaves and generally spend tons of money and time on their hair. Then we did a show on Black women's hair a few weeks ago... and now this, a Black princess with curly hair!

This weekend little Black girls all over North America will watch The Princess and the Frog. They may be too young to understand the cultural implications of it all, but the importance is not lost on their Moms. One mom says, "I'm probably more excited about this than my daughter… she doesn't realize the history of it." Another writes: "…It would be a mistake to overlook the significance of [Princess Tiana's] coif."

If anyone sees the movie, let us know what you think of it.

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