Meet Disney's Latina inspired princess, Elena of Avalor! Disney Junior

Last year, Disney Junior unveiled their first ever Latina inspired princess, Elena of Avalor. The character was described as a “confident and compassionate teenager” by Executive Vice President and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide, Nancy Kanter. “Our creative team has delivered a universal story with themes that authentically reflect the hopes and dreams of our diverse audience,” Kanter explained at the time. Voiced by Aimee Carrero, Elena is set to debut later on this year in an episode of “Sofia the First” and will later have her own spin-off series, “Elena of Avalor.”

Now, even though Elena has not even had her TV debut, the princess has already been turned into a doll by Hasbro and will make its debut at a Toy Fair in New York City on Friday, February 12. Elena is voiced by Dominican actress Aimee Carrero, who says she couldn’t be more honored to represent the Latino community while working for Disney. “To see her as a doll is absolutely surreal! I cannot wait for audiences around the world to meet her,” Carrero told NBC News.

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Actress Aimee Carrero, who voices the title role in Disney's "Elena of Avalor," gets a first-look at the new Elena doll during a recording session for the series in Burbank, California. The doll, from Hasbro, will debut at Toy Fair in New York City on Friday, February 12, and "Elena of Avalor," a new animated TV series set in a fairytale kingdom inspired by Latin cultures and folklore, will premiere this summer on Disney Channel. Disney Junior/Matt Petit

At the time of the princess’s reveal, there was controversy surrounding the color of her skin and lacking characteristics of a 16-year-old Latina. However, Disney cleared up by calling the character of “mixed heritage” and “Latina-inspired.”

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