ICYMI: Disney has chosen the live-action Ariel for The Little Mermaid and we’re here for it. If you read up reading books or watching cartoons about Disney princesses, you’ll be familiar with the red-haired mermaid and her messy love story. While there were rumours that Zendaya will be acting as the Disney princess, the Spider-Man actress will not be playing the role of Ariel. Instead, it went to Halle Bailey, one-half of R&B duo Chloe x Halle.

While some people are cheering that a person of colour got the role of Ariel, some thought Halle shouldn’t play Ariel because in the cartoon, Ariel was fair-skinned and had red hair. Ooookaayyyy. So apparently, if we infer from that, mermaids have a race: white. Which wasn’t covered in the book version. OK, can.

Say what they want, but we’re rejoicing that we are moving into an age where diversity is celebrated. Don’t know much about 19-year-old, Halle Bailey? Swipe through our gallery to find out seven interesting facts about the actress. We assure you that they will get you excited for the upcoming adaptation of The Little Mermaid!

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