"Part of Your World"-The Little Mermaid Nail Art Tribute Updated

Hello Friends,

Unless you have been living under a rock, the internet has been abuzz with the news that Halle Bailey will be cast as Ariel in the Little Mermaid Live-Action adaption. The reception of this news has been both good and bad with many articles accompanying it.

I meant to comment on this earlier but I didn't quite have the words until now.
                                   
I for one think that it is amazing that Disney is being so inclusive by casting the beautiful and multitalented, Halle Bailey, a young Black woman to play Ariel. When I watched The Little Mermaid growing up, I saw Ariel as being a playful, curious, bubbly, majestic siren and I am happy that the new generation will get to see Halle bring this character to life.

The trouble is that Black women, in particular, have been excluded for many years from sci-fi, fantasy, and animation making opportunities for Black women to cosplay as characters that look like them nearly impossible. I am excited that this new generation of young Black girls will be afforded a platform to be themselves. Black girls can be nerdy, quirky, soft, gamers, jokesters, imaginative, and there is room for them to revel in their individuality.


Times are changing.


I would like to lift Halle Bailey in love and light as well as giving her strength to go on regardless of those that are hampered with archaic ideals.


With that said, I am paying another tribute to The Little Mermaid with Ariel updated to a melaninated Princess. (see the first tribute here)

                                                              I can't wait for the film to come out!

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