With Disney steadily trickling out their real-life remakes of their animated classic over the past few years, redheads the world over have eagerly awaited news of The Little Mermaid. Who will step into the shoes (or should we say, tail) of redhead Princess Ariel??
The character has long been a symbol of ginger pride since the 1989 movie, which is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale of the same name, whose Ariel character actually had blonde hair (fun fact there).
And in an unexpected twist, it was announced by Disney that Princess Ariel’s character will be played by singer Halle Bailey, one half of duo Chloe x Halle.
As always, there is much discussion and debate on social media around these announcements. Everyone has their idea of Ariel and how she should appear, but while everyone expects her to follow a certain ‘look’, it’s refreshing to change things up.
Princess Ariel will always remain a ginger icon, and we wholeheartedly agree with Morgan Jarrett:
As a white-skinned redhead, I have very strong feelings about #TheLittleMermaid. Ariel changed my ginger world. The mean "jokes" ended. I became envied for my hair.
And you know what? I want little black girls to experience that same feeling with new Ariel. 👑
— Morgan Jarrett (@msmorganjarrett) July 3, 2019
As we know, red hair crosses all races, so who knows, maybe gingerness will still feature in the film. We can’t wait to find out!