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    Halle Bailey And Rachel Zegler Talked About Portraying "Modern" Disney Princesses And How "It's Not All About A Boy"

    "The cartoon was so focused on her finding true love, and it’s not even in her mind at all in this film."

    There's a reckoning happening in the world of the Disney Princess™. The dolls are ditching Prince Charming and true love's kiss for something a little more meaningful — themselves.

    This weekend at D23 (Disney's biggest fan convention of the year), the stars of the upcoming live-action adaptations of The Little Mermaid and Snow White spoke up about how the new films will showcase our favorite heroines in a more powerful and "modern" light.

    Halle Bailey (one part of the sister music duo Chloe x Halle) will be taking on the role of Ariel in 2023's The Little Mermaid, and spoke to Yahoo! News about how the live-action version will be different from the 1989 animated version.

    Halle Bailey as Ariel

    And talking to the Hollywood Reporter, she responded to the first trailer's release and opened up about how meaningful it is to bring this character to life as the first Black woman to swim into the role.

    And Halle isn't the only one bringing a fresh take to an old favorite. West Side Story's Rachel Zegler, who is of Colombian descent, is biting into the titular role of Snow White opposite Gal Gadot, who will be serving up her take on the Evil Queen.

    Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot onstage with microphones with the Snow White title card behind them

    Rachel explained to Yahoo! News how her Snow White would be different from the animated version who, let's face it, is pretty lacking in the "being a fully realized human being" department.

    Rachel Zegler sitting and smiling

    She goes on to say that finding a man isn't even something on her radar this time around (OK, I need to take some notes, LOL).

    Rachel Zegler and Gal Gadot sitting together

    It's so exciting to see these women take on two of Disney's most iconic roles and create fresh role models for a new generation. Cheers to you, ladies!

    The Little Mermaid will be release May 2023, and Snow White some time in 2024.

    Are you excited for these new live-action adaptations? Let us know in the comments below!