It’s tax season! I found a way to create a relevant post tying positive representation to paying the government money they don’t deserve. Princess Tiana, the main character of “The Princess and the Frog”, is the only African American Disney Princess on record. She is a young woman with big dreams, and literally works to achieve them. This 19-year-old waitress works two jobs at separate diners hoping to save up enough money to open her own restaurant. Isn’t that the most inspiring thing you have ever heard? We need more young, Black entrepreneurs out there making good things for people. Tiana ultimately succeeds in her goal of opening a restaurant, proving hard work pays off.
If you want to, you can argue that characters like Moana, or Princess Elsa are hard-working as well. They manage their kingdoms and have a ton of important responsibilities. I will agree with one pretty vital rebuttal. None of the royal princesses decided to become a princess and work to get that “job”. Nor did they fill out any forms and provide a social security number to get logged into a system so they can receive payment. Of course, I am assuming Tiana did all these things. For all I know she is an off the book waitress. But that theory doesn’t support this article so it’s invalid!
Princess Tiana is the working person’s princess. She’s willing to get her hands dirty for an honest day’s pay with dreams of bigger, better things. We can all agree those are relatable pursuits. The only other princess I can think of like that is Nani Pelekai of Lilo and Stitch. Hey, why isn’t she a princess yet? A Hawaiian surfer with two jobs, head of the household status and her own home. You are telling me she isn’t inspiring? Get on it Disney!
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