This week’s Cosplays We Like comes from Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog” franchise.
Princess Tiana is a fictional character in Walt Disney Pictures’ 49th animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog (2009). She is depicted as a hardworking waitress who dreams of opening her own restaurant. Tiana is voiced by Anika Noni Rose as an adult and by Elizabeth M. Dampier as a child. The character is loosely based on two princesses: Princess Emma, the heroine of E. D. Baker’s 2002 novel The Frog Princess, and the princess from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Frog Prince,” which inspired Baker’s novel. Tiana is also inspired by famed New Orleans chef Leah Chase.
Tiana’s story revolves around her transformation into a frog after desperately kissing a prince who has been turned into one by an evil witch doctor. Throughout the film, she embarks on an adventure to break the spell and find true love. Tiana has been praised for her personality and values, but her depiction and that of her community have been criticized for lacking emphasis on racial issues.