20 Latina Badasses That Disney Should Use For Their Latina Disney Princess
When it comes to their collection of princesses, the Walt Disney company has reached back in history and used a lot of famous and influential women to inspire the stories of their royals. There was Mulan, Pocahontas even Elsa from “Frozen” has her own real origins. Well, for the next time Disney decides to create a princess we’re offering up these famous and influential Latinas.
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This native Chilean woman fought against Spanish conquistadors after they brutally murdered her husband. Today she is considered to be a heroine of the Mapuche-Pehuenche people.
2. Catalina de Erauso
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Ever wonder what could possibly be better than Maria in “The Sound of Music?” Well Catalina de Erauso is your answer. After escaping from a convent, this Spanish born adventurer chased her dreams all of the way to South American where she fought, drunk and womanized the hell out the region.
3. Juana Azurduy de Padilla
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Simon Bolivar, the namesake of Bolivia once said that Juana should have been the namesake of Bolivia. Mestiza by ethnicity, the young guerrilla military leader was also in a convent but got kicked out at 17 because she rebelled too often.
4. Carolina Maria de Jesus
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De Jesus was an Afro-Brazilian writer who wrote her way out of extreme poverty through her books including Quarto de Despejo (Dumping Room, published in English as Child of the Dark).
5. The Valiant Ladies of Potosi
You know how Disney has seriously held back on including LGBTQ representation on screen? Well, the story of Eustaquia de Souza and Ana Lezama de Urinza, two lesbian teen vigilantes from 17th century Bolivia are the perfect chics to introduce to Disney lovers.
6. Micaela Bastidas
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Micaela was the faithful partner of Tupac Amaru who started an epic rebellion and led native people against the Spanish. Micaela fought rigorously against the Spanish who eventually captured her and cut out her tongue.
7. Isabel Godin des Odonais
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Odonais was an 18th-century woman from Peru who was separated from her husband in South America because of colonial politics. To reunite with him she hiked for TWENTY YEARS from western Peru to the base of the Amazon River.
Lovers of Disney’s Hercules will love the story of Iara a Brazilian mythological figure who is seen as a mermaid. The warrior mermaid would lure men underwater to their death.
9. Anita Garibaldi
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This Italian heroine of South America fought side by side with her husband, Giuseppe Garibaldi, in civil wars often while she was pregnant or had children.
10. Claribel Alegría
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Clara Isabel Alegría Vides, AKA Claribel Alegría, was a Nicaraguan-Salvadoran poet who had a major voice in the literature of Central America.
11. Manuela Sáenz
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The Ecuadorian-born revolutionary hero of South America who supported the country’s revolutionary cause by protesting for women’s rights and distributing protest leaflets.
In her first life, Xtabay was a chaste woman who spent her entire life assuming she was better than her sex-positive neighbor. After her death, she became a demonic woman who lured men to their death.
13. The Mirabal Sisters
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The story of Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa, three sisters who fought a cruel dictator and prevented him from ruining the Dominican Republic is a story all young girls should learn about.
14. Angela Jimenez
Jimenez was a soldier and expert in explosives during her times. Born in 1886, the Mexican leader, left Oaxaca and fought in the center of the Mexican revolution. After witnessing federal soldiers rape and kill her sister, she sought out to kill them dressed as a man.
The controversial figure was sold into sexual slavery to Hernan Cortes and became his interpreter. Her translations are what many believe led the Aztec Empire to its demise.
16. Zelia Nuttall
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How many times do we ever actually see a Disney movie about a single mom? UH never. This Latina should be up there on the screen for her part in developing the field of Mexican archaeology.
17. La Llorona
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Ah La Llorona, the scary woman all abuelas threatened to unleash on us if we didn’t clean up our room. Mexico’s famous “weeping ghost” has a harrowing story I would love to see on Disney screen.
18. Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz
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The Mexican poet was a self-taught luminary who criticized the misogyny and the hypocrisy of men.
The horserider and princess of the Purépecha defied Spaniards when they invaded her Mexican region. She befriended on of their abandoned horses and rose him fight off conquestedors.
20. Petra Herrera
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This Mexicana fought as a revolutionary in the Mexican Revolution and led hundreds of women into battle against