Category: Tiana

I’ve suffered from a lot of child abuse & mental health issues ever since I was a kid and I’ve never really had the chance to get any help for it since I’m not 18 yet which makes it difficult for me to work hard towards my goals of being a published author and professional singer. I know my dreams are unlikely & unrealistic, but movies like Cinderella, Tangled, & Princess and The Frog give me hope that someday the dreams that I wish will come true.

I made beignets and spun them on a lazy Susan before sprinkling powdered sugar on them like Tiana did. I succeeded in blasting the beignets with sugar as well as myself, the table, and the floor. Now when I see that part in Princess and the Frog, I laugh.

My mom’s name is Tihana, and she reminds me a lot of Tiana. They both worked two jobs for a long time, they both love to cook and neither of them ever give up. Now that I’m living abroad for school, I sometimes pop in The Princess and the Frog and watch that when I miss her. It helps.

I’m 23 years old and have never been on a date but I dream of getting married and having love one day. I just have a weakness where I’m too dedicated to my education and my work to pursue a relationship. Tiana is my biggest example of trying to balance the two, and she gives me the greatest hope that one day I’ll be able to achieve all my dreams— those of love and my career aspirations.

I have fallen in love and been obsessed with so many Disney princes or just guy characters in the movies because of “the look.” It’s weird I know but it’s when, for example, during the song “Dig a Little Deeper” in Princess and the Frog, Naveen
realizes how beautiful Tiana really is and how much he wants her in his life. Or in Frozen when Kristoff sees Anna in the Trolls wedding outfits. I want someone to look at me like that so bad.

Princess and the Frog has always been my favorite Disney movie and Tiana is my favorite princess. I have a younger sister who is African American and Tiana is also her favorite princess. When I asked her why she smiled and said “Because she looks like me!” I think we need more princesses and Disney characters of different races because, being white and blonde, I tend to take for granted the fact that every other character looks exactly like me.

I relate a lot with Tiana and Belle in that I prioritize working hard, especially on my education, bettering myself with learning and books and accomplishing my dreams over dating and nurturing a romantic relationship. I still desperately want to fall in love and get married, but I have only been on 2 dates in my entire life. Tiana and Belle give me hope that one day I can still have that if I’m patient and “dig a little deeper” without losing sight of what is important to me.

I honestly thank Disney for characters like Esmeralda, Tiana, Merida, Kida, and Nala. These were all characters that really shaped my young womanhood. Unapologetically hard working, strong, real, and social justice oriented. I sometimes feel like an outcast because of how much I care about social justice issues and people. But these characters remind me to stay true to myself and be proud of my strong womanhood.

I’ve always loved singing but I never felt like I knew what type of voice I had until The Princess and the Frog came out. I loved the jazz and the soulful songs. It started to feel like home since my dad grew up just outside of New Orleans. Once I started singing the songs, I realized that my true singing voice was soulful. I guess it makes sense since I’m an Alto. Now I have a part of Louisiana that I can share with my dad. He says it reminds him of his childhood. Thanks Tiana for helping me find my voice.

Although I love Princess and the Frog, I tended to avoid it because whenever I was almost there, I fell short. And it’s true now. But while walking through the Magic Kingdom, they had a stage show in front of the castle and the characters were singing and dancing to Dig a Little Deeper. It made me realise that my parents love wasn’t conditional based on grades and that Tiana failed initially, but had her happy ending too. And now I don’t avoid the movie.