Disney princesses are everywhere at the moment; whether they’re re-imagined as Kardashian sisters or being given a no make-up make-under (not forgetting these six princesses who are actually badass feminists), there’s no escaping these Disney divas. But now, there’s a new girl in town, and she might just be our favourite yet.
Dwayne Johnson (who voices Maui) has now shared the poster for the upcoming film, and stated that every #MoanaMonday (we see what he did there...) he would be revealing ‘amazingly cool looks at the film, taking you deeper into how it was made, and what you can expect from our story and characters. And most importantly, THE MUSIC’. Cannot wait!
Meet Moana Waialiki, the brand new Polynesian Disney princess who is set to join Cinderella and co. on November 23rd 2016. Revealed at the D23 Expo at Disneyland back in 2015, Disney have finally given us our first glimpse of the realest Disney princess so far - watch the official trailer now!
Moana loves the ocean, and is the daughter of the chief in a long line of seafarers. We know she'll also embark on a mission to find a mythical island. Moana will come across demigod Maui on her travels, voiced by none other than Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson – did you know he's actually Polynesian aristocracy, being a descendant of Samoan chiefs himself?!
We already love Moana’s independent spirit and confident character, but even more than that, we love that Moana seems to have a healthy body shape. We’re still a bit wary of those eyes (did you know that Disney princesses have peepers bigger than their waists?), but Moana’s body is more in line with a typical Polynesian body, where a healthy weight is seen as beautiful.
The princesses have been criticised in the past for their unrealistic body shapes, so it’s amazing to see Disney taking note of what a real princess looks like – we’re not entirely there yet, but every little helps, right?
On top of that, Disney have cast a Hawaiian native, and 14-year-old newcomer Auli’i Cravalho, to voice the role of Moana after auditioning hundreds of girls from across the Pacific Islands.
In fact, she was the very last girl to audition, on the very last day of casting. Disney, you just get better and better.
Disney has also been making a real effort to increase diversity in their princess movies, allowing a whole new group of Disney fans to imagine themselves finding their fairytale ending just like their favourite princesses. Moana joins Arabian Jasmine, Chinese warrior Mulan, Disney’s first ever black princess Tiana and native American Pocahontas.
Brave’s Princess Merida was also a huge hit, with her broad Scottish accent and fiery independence (marry a prince? Merida says no thank you…). An English rose still makes a perfect princess, but so do this new generation of confident characters from across the world.
Disney, we are liking this new direction! Which princess would you like to see next? Let us know below…