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Buzzfeed Reimagines Disney’s Princess Tiana with Loose Natural Hair

Avatar • Jun 7, 2015

Disney’s first black princess was a long overdue addition to their roster but many noticed that her hair was tied back or pinned back — the ENTIRE movie. This is a wild departure from other Disney princesses, who spend good chunks (and sometimes all) of their movies with their hair down. The team over at Buzzfeed reimagined what Princess Tiana would look like had she worn her hair down throughout the film and the results were curly (albeit wavy) cute.

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Also take a peek at the original concept art for Princess Tiana below:

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For giggles, peep the following fan art images from David Gilson

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Adorable!

What do you think of the new re-imagined drawings? Do you think Disney should’ve been more detailed in designing the hair of their first black princess? Should they have drawn Princess Tiana with visibly natural hair?

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Me
Me
5 years ago

Decent, but would rather see her with 3c-4c coils than with 2c waves.

MiMi
MiMi
5 years ago

I love the curls!!!
Curly hair or the win!!!

Aliyah
Aliyah
5 years ago

They should have use the original drawings with her wild Afro curly hair .

g
g
5 years ago

I still don’t like this movie because she was a frog 70% of the time. I’m just so salty about it…

lbl
lbl
5 years ago
Reply to  g

With good reason. It seems a lot of their animations starring minorities have them as animals for the majority of the films. This one, Brother Bear, The Emperor’s New Groove…

yepyep
yepyep
5 years ago
Reply to  lbl

Don’t forget Lion King.

Mistress of the Mid-Afternoon
Mistress of the Mid-Afternoon
5 years ago
Reply to  yepyep

Those movies are about characters who turned into animals.

The Lion King is about actual lions

Camille
Camille
5 years ago
Reply to  g

I haven’t watched it yet for that reason.

Staci Elle
Staci Elle
5 years ago

I hated that the one black princess had to be a damn animal almost the whole movie. #shady

** I love how she looks with her hair down though**

Happywife Taylor
Happywife Taylor
5 years ago

I believe this movie may have came out shortly of just at the beginning of the natural hair movement so I can understand why Disney created her like that. The drawings are very pretty anyway. The artist did a good job.

alasia min
alasia min
5 years ago

Her hair texture still doesn’t looks like a black person hair. she looks like she has admixture

lissa_the_cocoa
lissa_the_cocoa
5 years ago
Reply to  alasia min

All black people have “admixture”.

alasia min
alasia min
5 years ago

Wrong, most black people have admixture in the USA. But the degree is varying. If someone looks like they have admixture, then it’s because they’re admixture is on the higher end where it would be expressed through phenotype.

Imade Iyamu
5 years ago

why don’t the white princesses have “admixture”?

alasia min
alasia min
5 years ago

because white people don’t really intermix as much so in the US, they have a surprisingly low degree of admixture if any

Imade Iyamu
5 years ago
Reply to  alasia min

Hm, the racial politics of the US is very interesting. Thankyou.

basic101
basic101
5 years ago

Seeing this actually brought tears to my eyes. Not seeing a black princess never bother me before…but I guess it did.

Kristian Coleman
Kristian Coleman
4 years ago

why even try to critique herjust leave her be, i never see anyone critiquing the white princesses but the second a black one comes out its lets see what she looks like with her hair natural and more “black” looking, just leave her be, its irritating

LionAround
LionAround
5 years ago

That’s not concept art, it’s fan art by a man named David who also goes by Prince Kido online.

Alitra James
Alitra James
5 years ago

I always believed Tiana’s hair was a reflection of the time. In the 20’s a lot of black women pressed their hair and wore it in finger waves, pinned up or back. Oprah’s character (tiara’s mama) wore her’s that way. Plus Tiana was working in a restaurant. Who wants all that powdered sugar from those beignets in their hair? LOL.

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