It would be nice if Disney made a movie with a heroine who wasn’t a princess to begin with. Perhaps we wouldn’t have to deal with the idea to fit criteria and such. I don’t think girls need a role model in every female character they come across, just a character who’s human would be enough. I can’t bring myself to like a princess in particular exactly because they’re too much of a goal to aim as a person and not a human I can relate to.
I once loved being a Cast Member for Disney. But the more I work, the more I get disrespected, by the guests, and my management. I feel like Tiana, working all the time, and it just feels like it’s for nothing.
Lately I’ve been really connecting with Cinderella and Tiana for their ability to stay strong no matter what comes their way. I love them both, and their movies definitely help me keep my head up in rough times.
I was never sold on any names from my home country or native language for my daughter until I realized how close Tihana was to Tiana in sound. I named my daughter Tihana not just so she has a princess with (almost) her name and a tie to her heritage, but so she has a strong role model to look up to. Tiana is a hard worker, a dreamer, and a loving person who I would be proud if my daughter took after.
“I admire the fact that Tiana was able to work both a night shift & morning shift without blowing up at people. As someone fired from a coffee house chain (I flew off the handle at a customer working a double shift during finals week) I’m trying not to lose my current job by channeling my inner Tiana.”
I dressed up as Tiana to a fantasy event. I was a bit scared for negative reactions to walk around, since I’m a white girl, but they never came. I met a wonderful girl who was also dressed up as Tiana, and a couple of small girls who were also wearing Tiana’s green dress. It turned out te be an amazing day
As an animation student, I had sketches in the front of my autograph book that I handed to Tiana and Naveen for their signatures. They flicked through the book to find a blank page, and saw the sketches, and started talking about my art with me for ages. They spent just as long with me, as a 20 year old, as they did with all the kids. It was honestly the best character interaction I’ve ever had. I’ll always remember that in my low times and it picks me up a little bit.
I’m going to be moving across the country this fall to go to my dream college and escape my abusive family. Listening to Almost There and I Am Moana makes me feel like I can handle the change and it will all work out for the best. Moana and Tiana inspire me and I watch their movies at least once a week. I’m so grateful these wonderful, strong characters exist to help give me hope when things are bad.
I love Dig A Little Deeper. In some ways, I relate to both Tiana and Naveen, and Mama Odie pointing out their flaws and giving them direction reminds me of how my mom always does that for me. PaTF was also the first Disney movie I ever talked my mom into seeing with me, so whenever I rewatch it, it just gives me all kinds of warm family feelings. I wish there was Mama Odie or Naveen merch; I’d love to have something to wear or own that gives me that feeling, too.