Diversity in Disney’s “Princesses”

The Roar Meter is a weekly story in numbers.

  • First Disney Princess: Snow White, 1939
  • Most recent Disney Princess: Moana, 2016
  • Number of white Princesses: 9
    • Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, Merida, Anna, Elsa
  • Number of WOC Princesses: 5
    • Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Moana
  • Select Non-Princess Female Characters by ethnicity:
    • White: Alice, Jane (Tarzan), Megara (Hercules),
    • Non-White: Esmerelda*, Tiger Lily*, Nani (Lilo & Stitch)
      • *voiced by white women
  • Only human main characters in animated feature films are counted for the purposes of this column.
  • The unnamed girl Mowgli ogles in The Jungle Book is not included, as she has no dialogue or character.
  • Wikipedia does not list Moana, Anna, or Elsa as official Disney Princesses.

Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.

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