Disney Gets a New Princess!

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The Disney network is known for their beautiful princesses. Whether it’s Cinderella, Mulan or Tiana, the network never failed to create relatable characters. Now, there’s a new addition to the previous 11 princesses, and her name is Moana. Moana is a Polynesian 16-year-old from Oceania who will be seen going on a quest in honor of her ancestors.
Moana will be played by a 14-year-old from Hawaii, named Auli’i Cravahlo and because of the new role her life will change forever. The teen always wanted to be a disney princess, but didn’t think she actually could.

According to PEOPLE, Cravahlo said:

“I was getting through my freshman year, and there were already so many great submissions over YouTube.”

This deterred her from auditioning, so it wasn’t until a talent agent discovered her while singing at a charity event that convinced her to do it. Cravahlo got the role despite over 600 girls trying out, and will be playing alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. His role is a demigod named Maui and he will help her on her voyage.


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My name is Anaja Smith, a Sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus majoring in Broadcast Journalism. At my university, I am apart of NABJ as the Membership Chair position, SeeYouWeekly (a broadcasting organization), and Women of Color which promotes unity and sisterhood for women on campus. I love everything fashion related whether it is clothes, makeup, bags, or simply looking to celebrities for style inspo. With that being said, my dream job is to become a fashion correspondent for E! News headquarters in California where I can interview and talk to people about it for a living! Other goals of mine is to attend Northwestern University in Evanston,IL for my masters degree and also to give back to the less fortunate and underserved communities in Chicago, my home town.

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