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Disney darkens Disney Princess Tiana’s complexion after complaints that she’s not black enough

Disney darkens Princess Tiana's complexion after fans say that her skin is noticeably lighter, and her facial features are different in a new film. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Disney animators darkened the skin of Princess Tiana's complexion and changed some features on her face after the princess' cameo in a trailer for "Wreck-It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet" sparked concern for some people.

What are the details?

Disney animators had to reanimate certain scenes in which Princess Tiana was featured because of the backlash.

Tiana, who debuted in 2008's "The Princess and the Frog," is featured in the upcoming "Wreck-It Ralph" sequel.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Disney met with Anika Noni Rose, who provides the voice for Tiana, as well as Color of Change — a black advocacy group — to work together on changes to Tiana's appearance, which they said was markedly different than her 2008 debut, for "Wreck-It Ralph 2."

Tiana appears in the film along other Disney princesses, including Cinderella, Snow White, and Moana, for a reunion when they encounter one of the film's animated main characters, Vanellope.

Disney was initially accused of whitewashing Tiana in August when the trailer for the film dropped.



After Disney worked to change Tiana's appearance, the advocacy group issued a statement.

"Disney’s decision to restore Princess Tiana’s image to that of an unapologetically Black princess with full lips, dark skin and dark hair in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 is a victory for Color Of Change members, Black children and their parents, and Black audiences who want to see the variety of shades, shapes and sizes of Black characters accurately represented in the arts," a spokesperson said.

A new trailer for the film showed Tiana looking decidedly different than the previous trailer.



Rashad Robinson, president of the organization, also fired off a tweet on Thursday about the newly revamped Tiana.

Robinson wrote, "Big news. Because of COC members and convos with @DisneyAnimation, Princess Tiana has been restored to her original depiction. Now when Black girls watch #WreckItRalph2, they’ll see Tiana and other princess of color that actually looks like them on screen #BlackGirlMagic."

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