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Meet Disney's Newest Princess

Disney is set to release a new film starring Moana, a Hawaiian princess.

From Tiana to Mulan, the next princess to highlight the beauty of various cultures, specifically Polynesian culture, is Moana. Moana is Disney’s first Polynesian princess.  In the movie, set to be released next November, Moana will be embarking on a sailing journey in the Oceania region. 

Like many young girls, fourteen-year-old Auli’i Cravalho of Oahu had the dream of becoming a Disney princess. Unlike many of those girls, however, Auli’i’s dream came true. After her voice was heard by an agent at a charity competition, she was sent to Los Angeles where she was given the role of the voice of Moana. Another Hawaiian that will be joining Auli’i is Dwayne the Rock Johnson. He will be voicing the demigod character Maui, who was born human but raised by gods. At a Disney fan expo, Johnson told the audience about his part saying, “This is my heritage. I am proudly half-Samoan and half-black.”

As a former princess of the Tournament of Roses, I am thrilled to meet a new Disney princess. In my past experiences, I have learned that young girls around the world look up to princesses not solely for their sparkly tiaras or regal dresses, but also for their strength, courage, and intelligence. Princesses, along with other female figures in the media, have the responsibility to influence younger generations and shape their perception of what is beautiful. I am confident that the creation of Moana will encourage young girls worldwide to expand their ideas of beauty inside and out. 

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