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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.

1. Janequeo

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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.

8. Iara

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.

12. Xtabay

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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.

15. Malinche

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.

19. Eréndira

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


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Disney’s ‘Lilo & Stich,’ Is Going To Be Made Into A Live-Action Film!

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Disney’s ‘Lilo & Stich,’ Is Going To Be Made Into A Live-Action Film!

Welcome back, Disney ohana!

Whether it feels like the release of Disney’s Lilo & Stitch happened just years ago, or was a lifetime away, you’re in for a real treat! The 2002 American animated science fiction comedy-drama movie which was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards is getting the remake treatment. This time, with a pretty human, pretty live-action ohana.

Including perhaps, the Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu.

According to reports by Entertainment Weekly and The Hollywood Reporter, Chu is in talks to help create the upcoming live-action remake.

The new film is being produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich of Rideback. Both producers worked on the live-action version of Aladdin which starred Will Smith. Currently, Disney has a draft of the film which was written by Mike Van Waes. However, the entertainment company is looking for another writer to help Chu to develop the draft further.

It is unknown whether the new film will be released in theaters or on Disney +.

The original animated film was written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois and narrates the story of a lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo. After mistaking an alien who actually is a genetic experiment for a dog, Lilo adopts him as her new friend and member of her “ohana” which only includes Lilo and her older sister Nani.

Chu might just be the perfect pick for Disney’s latest live-action remake.

Earlier this year, Chu was tapped to direct and executive produce the Willow series. This past year, he directed In The Heights, the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical, which will see its debut in 2021.

Of course, the new remake is hardly anything new for Disney. The studio is going full-steam ahead when it comes to remaking its classic animated films in live-action. Earlier this year, fans saw the release of Mulan. This summer, scheduled to be released May 28, 2021, the studio will debut the film Cruela, a remake of the 101 Dalmatians classic. The film will focus on the early years of the dalmatian-wearing villain Cruella de Vil. Emma Stone will star as the title character and the film is set in the punk rock era of 1970s London.

Earlier this year, Disney announced that it would remake The Little Mermaid, which was originally based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale. The announcement stirred up quite a bit of excitement when it was revealed that she would star Halle Bailey as Ariel, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula, and Awkwafina as Scuttle.

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Elena Of Avalor Is Going To Be The Queen And We Love To See The Glow Up

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Elena Of Avalor Is Going To Be The Queen And We Love To See The Glow Up

“Elena of Avalor” is coming to an end. The show offered people the first Latina Disney princess and that kind of representation is so vital and so important. Three seasons later, the show is coming to an end and the final show is going to change everything.

“Elena of Avalor” changed representation in Disney and it was a long time coming.

Elena gave Disney fans their first Latina Disney princess. For years, Disney was facing pressure to start to include more characters of color. “The Princess and The Frog” was Disney’s first answer to that call and “Elena of Avalor” came after. Finally seeing someone who represented Latinos was a reality.

The final season is going to be the longest so that Elena could get the finale she deserves.

“It has been a tremendous honor for me to bring Disney’s first Latina princess to the screen,” Gerber told The Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone involved with Elena of Avalor, from the creative team to the unbelievable cast and crew, felt the responsibility to get this right. We created the character of Elena with the hope that she would be a role model, not just for young Latina girls watching, but for all children to be able to see what a true leader looks like.”

This show was so impactful, far beyond just the children that watched it.

“From the beginning, Elena’s story arc has been that she would one day become queen,” Gerber told The Hollywood Reporter. “With the series finale, the creative team has been able to bring Elena’s story to the thrilling conclusion that we always envisioned. I can’t wait for viewers to see the final chapter in Elena’s epic adventure.”

Elena’s legacy within the Latino community is going to last forever, that’s for sure.

From all of the “Elena of Avalor” fans, thank you. This show gave us a chance to see our cultures reflected and celebrated with the Disney magic behind it. What a special moment in entertainment this is.

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