Disney Responds to Princess Sofia Controversy: She's "Mixed Heritage"

After Disney announced the first Latina princess, the unveiling of Princess Sofia sparked a controversy due to her appearance: light skin, light brown hair and blue eyes. While some saw it as a positive move toward understanding Latinas as a diverse community, others saw it as creating a non-identifiable character and essentially "hiding" her Latin roots.

Now Disney is responding to the remarks by stating that while Sofia's heritage is downright fictional, she's also a mixed heritage child, reports Fox News Latino.

Friday night, Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Disney Junior Worldwide Nancy Kanter, as well as Co-Executive Producer and Writer Craig Gerber, took to Princess Sofia’s Facebook profile to address her roots.

“Princess Sofia is a mixed-heritage princess in a fairy-tale world,” said Gerber. “Her mother is originally from an enchanted kingdom inspired by Spain (Galdiz) and her birth father hailed from an enchanted kingdom inspired by Scandinavia. Sofia was born and raised in Enchancia, which is a make-believe ‘melting pot’ kingdom patterned on the British Isles. Sofia considers herself a normal Enchancian girl like any other. Her mixed heritage and blended family are a reflection of what many children today experience.”

“What’s important to know is that Sofia is a fairytale girl who lives in a fairytale world," continued Kanter. "All our characters come from fantasy lands that may reflect elements of various cultures and ethnicities but none are meant to specifically represent those real world cultures,” said Kanter. “The writers have wisely chosen to write stories that include elements that will be familiar and relatable to kids from many different backgrounds including Spain and Latin America.”

What do you think of this new revelation? Do you think Disney just admitted that the first "Latina princess" isn't actually Latina? Share in the comments.

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