After saving her kingdom from an evil sorceress, Elena discovers that her journey is only beginning as she learns to navigate life as a crown princess. And in case you’re wondering, Elena (voiced by Aimee Carrero) is in no need of a man to put a ring on it.
Not only is Disney working to build up its inclusiveness by centering a TV series around its first Latina princess, it’s also continuing the push for its princesses to create their own narratives that don’t revolve around snaring the affections of a man (see: Frozen).
Before you think Elena of Avalor will be a cursory gloss-over of Latin and Hispanic traditions and cultures, be advised that the series has cultural advisors in Marcela Davison Avilés, founder of The Chapultepec Group, cofounder of the international Latino arts initiative Camino Arts, and director of humanities programs at the FDR Foundation at Harvard University; and Diane Rodriguez, associate artistic director of Centre Theatre Group and cofounder of the theatre ensemble Latins Anonymous.
Elena’s descent isn’t of just one nationality—she’s from the fictional land of Avalor that pulls from a variety of Latin and Hispanic cultures.
There may be some confusion around Elena’s claim to the “first Latina princess” throne, seeing as there’s the tiny matter of the Emmy-award-winning series Sofia the First, which debuted in 2012. Elena creator and executive producer Craig Gerber—who also created Sofia—sees the new series as something of a response to the criticism that although Sofia was marketed as Latina, she didn’t really look the part. Back in 2012, executive producer Jamie Mitchell initially claimed that Sofia was Disney’s first Latina princess, but later backtracked and clarified that Sofia’s fictitious country of Galdiz was merely inspired by Spain. Seeing how strongly people reacted to the Princess Sofia dustup made Gerber realize there was a strong demand for a more authentically Latina princess (no shade, Sofia).
Check out the exclusive Elena of Avalor featurette below.
Actress Aimee Carrero stopped by the studio today to fill us in on her new Disney show ‘Elena of Avalor’, her Freeform TV show ‘Young and Hungry’ and more! But while she was here, we had to put her ON The Spot! Check it out!
The day has finally arrived — the official introduction of Elena of Avalor, the first Latina Disney Princess.
Princess Elena will make her royal debut on the Disney Channel series, Elena of Avalor. Viewers will be taken into the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, where the bold and compassionate Elena is learning to become a great leader as crown princess. When Disney first announced Elena in January 2015, two of the biggest arguments from critics were why didn’t Elena have an actual ethnicity and why wasn’t she getting a movie.
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But there’s a bigger picture here: Latinos, as a whole, we’re being represented! We’re finally being seen, and that is perhaps the most important message behind this creation. This is our time, mi gente!
We caught up with Aimee Carrero (voice of Elena), Craig Gerber (creative genius behind the series) and Silvia Cardenas Olivias (story editor) recently to talk about what makes Elena of Avalor extra special, why it was developed into a series rather than a film and more.
Watch it all in our video above!
Here’s the second batch of Aimee interviews that have surfaced of her promoting Elena of Avalor. I will add the screencaptures soon. Enjoy!
A bunch of Aimee interviews have surfaced of her promoting Elena of Avalor. There’s a bunch so I will be dividing them up. I will add the screencaptures soon. Enjoy!Enjoy!
Aimee was interviewed by by ABC News and you can watch there small snippet released from the interview here.
Aimee was on KTLA Morning news this morning. She was adorable as usual. She discusses Elena of Avalor which airs this Friday!