Disney breaks mould, casts Halle Bailey as Ariel in live-action Little Mermaid

It's being hailed as an exciting move breaking the traditional 'face' previously used for all Disney princesses and lead female characters in the older animated and CGI films.

Disney has cast the 19-year-old African American R&B singer from the duo, ChloeXHalle in the role of Ariel in the live-action version of The Little Mermaid.

Bailey tweeted 'Dream come true'.

Many tweeted about the exciting and positive impact of singer Halle Bailey as Ariel on young black girls.

African American author Evette Dion summed up what many were expressing in her tweet "Halle Bailey, a Black teens who wears locs, being cast as a Disney princess is what dreams are made of. Imagine what just seeing her onscreen will do for this generation of Black girls.”

Watch Halle performing below:

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