What It Means To Be Latina

Disney Channel - Elena Of Avalor disclosure

My daughters and I are celebrating along with Latinas worldwide. As Elena Of Avalor declares “It’s finally my time!” we feel we’re ready to rule right along with her. Elena of Avalor is the first Latina Princess, and she truly embodies what it means to be Latina!

Elena’s mythical kingdom is infused with Latin American culture, full of vivid colors, happy music, and characters that represent the diversity and values of what it means to be Latina – even in a fairy tale setting.

I actually believe in fairy tales and I am excited to know my daughters can learn about diverse Hispanic cultures through a beautiful, compassionate, and bold teenager like Princess Elena.

Elena of Avalor - Latina Disney princess - logo

Elena could very well be part of my E family. As a matter of fact, my name, Elayna, comes from the Greek name Elena, meaning “bright, shining light.”  She has two last names:  Elena Castillo Flores, has dark skin, dark eyes, and dark hair, which she decorates with a flower, just like I usually do. Plus, she is voiced by a Dominican (Aimee Carrero), which is where I was born and raised.

I love Elena. And so do my daughters. I believe it is such a beautiful experience to see yourself represented on the screen. Elena of Avalor looks a bit more like them, compared to the other princesses, but what is most authentic about Elena of Avalor are the values of family, friendship, and faith she demonstrates in her actions and traditions.

Elisha and Elyssa feel that Elena of Avalor is a great role model for young Latina girls everywhere – and that because of her kindness, courage, loving nature, and dedication, all girls will benefit from modeling her, and will be able to relate to her, no matter her ethnicity or nationality.

They consider the 16-year old crown princess Elena of Avalor as helpful, brave, loyal, and adventurous, and they love that rather than a film, we can learn many lessons from Princess Elena and her friends, family, and of course, the animals in the show.

Elena of Avalor hugging her sister Isabel

Elisha and Elyssa both love that Princess Elena has a much younger sister, Isabel, and that sisterly love is a strong theme in this Disney Channel series. They are best friends and I am very blessed to see the bond they share, and to know how much they treasure their little sister (AKA Little Pigeon) Eliana, is something that truly melts my heart.

My daughters see Isabel as a supportive, kind, and understanding little sister, and they are looking forward to learn more about her.

Elena of Avalor dancing with and playing the guitar

Elisha and Elyssa also see themselves represented with Elena because she is a singer, dancer, and plays the guitar. My daughters also play the piano, and love learning Latin folklore through music and dance.

I am eagerly awaiting Disney Channel’s Elena of Avalor’s premiere on July 22 at 7 PM. We are going to start the celebration with a Twitter Party on July 21st at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT and continue with a viewing party full of laughter and fun while the premiere episode airs. Who know… we may make a tradition out of it.

To be completely transparent, I love that my girls get a Latina Princess, and I also love that I get a Latina Princess! I feel such a strong connection with Elena of Avalor:

Princess Elena is driven. Princess Elena is BOLD. Princess Elena is passionate. Princess Elena Castillo Flores feels it’s her duty to protect everyone. She’s resourceful and independent. Elena of Avalor is willing to take a stand to defend those she loves.

Princess Elena is empowered. She is ready to take her rightful place as Crown Princess in the kingdom of Avalor.  She is fun and is ready to dive into the music, magic and mystery of her new beginning, without dwelling in the past.

Elena of Avalor accepts the help of her younger sister, Princess Isabel, her grandparents, Francisco and Luisa, and her friends, yet knows that in order to learn to boldly lead, she must do what SHE thinks is right.

I love how Princess Elena is not afraid to own her success. She’s not afraid to claim “I defeated” and “I achieved,” and to prove she can lead, while keeping humble, graceful, and leading with compassion.

Are you excited about the first Latina Princess? I invite you to join me on July 21st at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT for the #ElenaOfAvalor Twitter Party and to watch the Elena Of Avalor premiere! Elena of Avalor’s journey begins July 22 at 7pm/6c on Disney Channel!

For more fun updates and details, follow Elena of Avalor on Facebook (there’s a video with my daughters and I in it you cannot miss!) and subscribe to the Elena of Avalor YouTube videos.

Bienvenida, Princess Elena!

[ela]

60 thoughts on “What It Means To Be Latina

  1. OMG!!!! This has your name literally written all over it haha! I’m definitely going to be there on the 21st for the twitter party. this is so awesome! it’s been so long since Alladin after all. I can’t wait!

  2. so happy that finally the world is coming to the sense that there are many different individuals that make up this world. Thanks to Disney for stepping out and making Princess for every little girl

  3. I can’t wait to meet this lovely Disney Princess! I’m sure she will be an inspiration to many young women out there. It’s great that you’re welcoming her with so much excitement and it’s always nice to have a new princess to admire!

  4. I am happy to learn about the new Disney Princess and that she is Latina. As a black person I can relate well with the excitement about a post like this. On the other hand we are all people in this world and a shame we have to be excited about being “included”, but at least it is a step forward.

  5. I am happy that a Latina Princess will star in a Disney production. It is the right time to make children aware of different cultures and learn to build mutual respect. I am going to love this new princess!

  6. I’m so impressed with how Disney is embracing other cultures. They seem to get better and better at presenting shows for kids of all different cultures and races, can relate to, which is amazing.

  7. I will have to check this out with my Daughter. It is so important to be as positive as I can. It can be contagious.

  8. My girls are very excited to see this show. I can’t wait til it comes out so they can watch it. They love watching these kinds of shows.

  9. My nieces are going to love this. It’s so awesome to finally see a Latina princess. So many little girls and grown women as well are excited for this!

  10. I do think it is great that Elena is a role model for Latina and other little girls. It is awesome that she reminds you of yourself as a little girl and I do believe it is a great feeling to see this on screen. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience.

  11. thank you for sharing such awesome information. I love finding out about other cultures, beliefs and the rest. It broadens my mind and brings more to life for me

  12. I’m probably the most not-Latina girl out there. I live in northern New England and have very Irish and French heritage, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate our Latina community! I love that Disney is finally producing a Latina princess that all little girls will be able to relate to, in one way or another!

  13. Representation truly is so neccessary and important. When I heard Disney was making a latina princess I got super excited! It seriously was about time they had one

  14. I saw that this movie will be out. Sounds like a nice movie, not the typical fairy-tale princess-like movie.

  15. I saw this and think it is amazing that Disney is finding a way to reach little kids about other cultures. I love learning about other cultures and think everyone should learn about other cultures. It might help with the hate in this world of we learned about one another. Good job Disney for jump starting the learning process with a Latina princess!

  16. I love learning about new cultures and believe everyone should take the time to learn about theirs. There is nothing more profound than someone that proud of where they come from and sharing it with others!

  17. I hope to see this movie. It is great that there is another character that kids will look up too, especially Latinas.

  18. I am seriously in love with the diversity of the Disney Princesses! It is truly amazing how far they have all come! I can’t wait to meet Elena and more!

  19. Princess Elena is such an admirable young woman and I’m sure she’ll serve as a great example for young girls, not just latinas! I love that she’s all about being a good person and very strong character as well.

  20. Love, love, LOVE this! I am thrilled that my daughter is being introduced to a new princess, a new culture, and new ideas as we learn about Elena, her family, and the Latin culture. We have watched the “New” aka ONLY episode three times so far and she has asked to watch it again tonight. Beautiful!

  21. It is great to see that Disney has become so diverse culturally. They are one of just a handful of companies that really try to be diverse. I wish more companies would take a hint from Disney.

  22. This will open a lot of opportunity to Latinas. The traditional princess story will be break and it is really refreshing to see this movie.

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