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What It Means To Me

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(repostin something I made a while back while I wait for photoshop in other computer to work so I can finish commishes b4 weekend.)

'I drew this in mind when I read an article some weeks back (which I want to find again, but I cannot find it???) I read about one woman who took her youngest daughter to see "Princess and the Frog" . Seeing her little girl make OMG!ENCHANTED!FACE and thinking the new generation gets to have Tiana while her generation did not.
This thought made her bawww in the theater.

I also bawwww while thinking of this.

It's sad but happy at the same time.
It's kind of like when I first saw "Mulan" the first time as a little girl. I was personally moved.

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Because all the "issues" and some flaws of this film aside, I felt the movie and Tiana were made with sincerity and love, not just something to be marketed, which is important when bringing to life a story you want to move people with.

Princess and the Frog and Tiana (c) Disney
Fanart by me (because I love this movie FFFF)



EDIT: Guys, you are seriously going to make me BAWWW (aside from all the wapanese trolling on the front comments lol) even more with all these lovely stories you're telling me about your Disney memories. :heart: If only Disney knew how much good stuff like this is what lasts with their audience ;___;
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Bendy96's avatar

OOOH SO CUTE! AYE BONITA!!

yellowleader32156's avatar
That was the first movie I saw in theaters

Haven't seen it in a while but I truly live the music
Jrechani18's avatar
this is beautiful and inspiring! 
KuroNeko369's avatar
I felt the same seeing little girls watching it!
ZaynMalikLover21's avatar
That means an African American is presented
amayatokemi's avatar
Y'know I remember seeing this picture and reading your story of why you drew this ages ago - and I mean *ages*. But I still remember it. And I still search high and low on deviantart search just to look at it again. It makes me so happy and filled with hope. 
So thank you. <3 
This is truly beautiful, that moment when childhood feelings of wonderment and awe become universal :)
Halorith's avatar
This is magical :aww:
Ponyblue49's avatar
Awww this almost moved me to tears
After that, now I realize what this short story could mean:)
As an korean asian, I think I do feel those things when I watch American stuff
Isen-Vinter's avatar
at first i was also like..."meh forced politically correctness yadayada" but as I thought about it I really got to love Tianas character. She never begrudged Lotti anything (and Lotti never treated her as second class). Tiana worked hard and she may have lost sight of the wonders in the present by keeping her focus on the future but but she new what she had to do to realise her dream and was not afraid of work to get there. (Yes other princesses were also put to work but they did it not to get to realise their dream but because they were forced)
She is the only Princess that couldn't dance  and was taught how to in the movies (pocahontas two does not count...abomination of a film that was :/ ).

She did not need a prince to realise her dream of a restaurant (the brothers had to accept her actual original deal, notice she pushes her coin savings on them, and lewis helps her...not naveen) then they don't pay a building crew to renovate the building but save money by doing it themself....so Tiana kept her hard work ethics and is kinda a role model for Naveen who does as she does.
(She is also one of the very few princesses that have a mother and no father.)
so yes after thinking about it I really began to appreciate all the nuances that made Tiana a new type of princess who actually realised her dream after she became someone with princess status.

PS: my favorite princess was Pocahontas because that gal had balls of steal and new what she didn't want....which is actually as important as knowing what you want.
Isen-Vinter's avatar
at first i was also like..."meh forced politically correctness yadayada" but as I thought about it I really got to love Tianas character. She never begrudged Lotti anything (and Lotti never treated her as second class). Tiana worked hard and she may have lost sight of the wonders in the present by keeping her focus on the future but but she new what she had to do to realise her dream and was not afraid of work to get there. (Yes other princesses were also put to work but they did it not to get to realise their dream but because they were forced)
She is the only Princess that couldn't dance  and was taught how to in the movies (pocahontas two does not count...abomination of a film that was :/ ).

She did not need a prince to realise her dream of a restaurant (the brothers had to accept her actual original deal, notice she pushes her coin savings on them, and lewis helps her...not naveen) then they don't pay a building crew to renovate the building but save money by doing it themself....so Tiana kept her hard work ethics and is kinda a role model for Naveen who does as she does.
(She is also one of the very few princesses that have a mother and no father.)
so yes after thinking about it I really began to appreciate all the nuances that made Tiana a new type of princess who actually realised her dream after she became someone with princess status.

PS: my favorite princess was Pocahontas because that gal had balls of steal and new what she didn't want....which is actually as important as knowing what you want.
inaligrimalkin's avatar
I loved Ariel growing up. She was the only red haired princess and I loved having that in common with her
TheNewDorothyGale's avatar
it's great to see kids love the princesses so much! cute pic. I disagree though- Tiana felt very forced and politically correct to me. some good moments but I feel they tried too hard with her (though not as much as with the next two). all the focus on race worries me. we're teaching kids to focus on only that. liking a character who looks like you is fine, but just don't let it be the IMPORTANT thing ;) I see so many nonwhite girls love Sofia the First, Rapunzel and Cinderella because their movies are enchanting (or in Sofia's case, her show is cute) and their personalities are engaging but probably mostly because all three are just so princessy, and little girls tend to love that. when they dress up as Tia, Cinderella, whoever, they feel beautiful and magical and that's awesome. that's how I feel with Aurora and Snow... I look nothing like Snow but she's so charming, kind and strong, how could I not? And Aurora... she's enchanting yet relatable. I'm a fantasy escapist/nature lover who would also like more out of life but can't at the moment so I make myself happy with what I have. I admire this, in addition to her selfless nature (I wish some of the newer girls would take a leaf from her book honestly!), elegance and responsibility. They're both such good role models and yet so engaging too.
ShadowsOnlyGetDarker's avatar
This literally brung tears to my eyes... And boy is that rare for me... Beautiful. ;.;
tierrayaoi's avatar
That's what it meant to me 2 :)
kaylademedeiros's avatar
This image makes my heart happy. :')

Representation is so important, for children especially. They tend to identify with people who look like them, and not to be able to identify with anyone in the media, or seeing only a very narrow view of their race/culture/gender, can be detrimental to their self-esteem. Growing up, I took for granted that a lot of people in the media look like me (i.e. white), and now I wonder how I would feel if that wasn't the case.

I remember being little and thinking to myself, never having even SEEN Beauty and the Beast, "Belle is my princess because she has brown hair and brown eyes like me." I considered Belle "my" princess. She /validated/ me. It breaks my heart to think that before Tiana, a lot of little girls wouldn't have had "their own" princess. They might think (just like I would have thought, were it not for Belle) that only certain girls could be princesses -- and they didn't make the cut.

Just to be clear, I'm definitely NOT saying that one princess of a certain race/culture is "enough." Representation is NOT tokenism -- it's about acknowledging the reality that humans are all different, but all equal and beautiful.

I love Tiana *first and foremost* because she is, in my opinion, one of the strongest and most independent of the Disney heroines (the girl's got spunk for days). But I also love her for giving other little girls a princess that they can identify with. When I see this image, I imagine the little girl thinking exactly what I did: "Tiana is /my/ princess. I can be a princess!" And that is such an incredibly powerful thought.
whiteirislady's avatar
It's true that all girls believe that they are princesses.
Most of my childhood memories are based on it! :D BTW great pick! Emoji13 Dango Can Fly 
BeautifulTragedyy's avatar
I love Tiana so much 
Master-Phro's avatar
I never get tired of looking at this picture. What a great moment to capture <3
KaiDarknight's avatar
aww how heart warming
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