This is What’s Making Me Happy

On July 3rd 2019, Halle Bailey was casted as Ariel for the live action The Little Mermaid ! Halle Bailey and her sister Chloe Bailey started off as Queen Beys’s proteges after being discovered by their singing covers on YouTube. Now they are actresses/singers starring in shows like Grown-ish and they even wrote the theme song for the show! When Halle Bailey was officially announced as Ariel in the upcoming live action Disney movie The Little Mermaid I was thrilled!

(That’s her in the black shirt!)

I was so thrilled not only because I am totally in love and obsessed with Disney, But also because Halle is so talented and the little black girl in me is internally happy dancing!

As a child I’ve always loved Disney and all its movies, shows, and Disney World is still my favorite place to go to on vacation. I would dream of being one of the princesses that work at Disney, but before Princess Tiana all of the princesses were white. I thought I would never be a princess because I wasn’t white. I always wanted a princess that looked like me. That’s why I think Halle Bailey being Ariel gave me so much joy because representation in the media matters so much, other little black girls need to feel like princesses too. I have no doubt in my mind that Halle will be a wonderful Ariel and I will be first in line to watch The Little Mermaid.

One thought on “This is What’s Making Me Happy”

  1. Excellent! Im excited too, I fell in love with the art of animation as a kid and have remained blown away by how far the world of animation has come. Representation in media is everything! So well said, thank you so much for this post! Great work, use of images both static and animated, as well as your story and reflection.

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