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Halle Bailey Speaks Up, Sends Message To “Supportive” Fans

halle bailey (forefront) during ABC interview, Live-Action Little Mermaid poster (background)
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Disney’s newest princess is thanking her supportive fans after months of backlash she has been facing.

Halle Bailey has faced backlash due to “not looking the part” to play Ariel. The decision to cast Halle Bailey, an African American actress, as Ariel was a significant moment in the entertainment industry. It sparked discussions about the importance of diversity in casting and the potential impact of such decisions on the representation of characters in beloved franchises.

Halle Bailey as Ariel in 'Little Mermaid' remake

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With backlash, the latest news and rumors have started to spread saying that Halle Bailey is expecting a bundle of joy. Halle Bailey has expressed several times that she is not expecting and was hoping others could be body-positive like her. E News reported that Bailey has now thanked her supporters who respect women’s bodies.

“I just also wanna say,” the 23-year-old wrote on her Dec. 5 Instagram Story, “I’m so very grateful for my real supporters who are respectful of women’s bodies and loving…”

Halle Bailey also said, “Being under a microscope is not easy, but for the real ones who show unconditional love religiously, I appreciate you. I feel so blessed and grateful.”

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Halle Bailey first gained recognition as a part of Chloe x Halle, a musical duo that garnered attention through their YouTube covers of popular songs. Discovered by BeyoncĂ©, the duo signed to her record label, Parkwood Entertainment, in 2015. Under BeyoncĂ©’s mentorship, Chloe x Halle released their debut EP, “Sugar Symphony,” in 2016, followed by their critically acclaimed debut album, “The Kids Are Alright,” in 2018.

Eric and Princess Ariel (Halle Bailey) in new live action 'The Little Mermaid'

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While Bailey got her attention from BeyoncĂ©’s mentorship, Disney has helped her splash into a larger career. Disney made a groundbreaking announcement that captured the attention of fans and media alike. Halle Bailey had been cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. The casting decision was met with widespread enthusiasm, as it marked a departure from the traditional portrayal of the red-haired, animated Ariel and embraced a more inclusive and diverse representation.

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.

One comment

  1. If Disney decided to make Tianna White then the world would end.