Little Mermaid Has A Different Hue! Illustrators Paint What Inclusion Looks Like These artists shared their talents and excitement - and their vision - of Halle Bailey as the Little Mermaid


In Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid,” the entertainment behemoth chose to cast Halle Bailey – a protégé of Beyoncé and one half of the sister duo, Chloe x Halle. Bailey saw a wave of support from fans and celebrities alike – but she also saw an onslaught of disapproval as well.

One of the main criticisms of Disney’s casting choice is that people could not envision changing the race of the fictional character – who was portrayed as a white mermaid in the original Disney movie – to now being portrayed as a black woman. Ignorance aside, a couple of artists had no problem visualizing Bailey as the beloved mermaid. Here are just some of the best works by artists on Instagram:

1. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Hayden Willams

 

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#HalleBailey as #Ariel 🧜🏾‍♀️🐚 As someone that grew up on the animated classics, I do prefer when the live action remakes stay true to the originals in many ways, however with TLM, I fully embrace Disney switching things up and casting a black girl to play Ariel. Yes, she had a distinctive look that we all remember, but Ariel’s race was never an integral part of the story. On top of that, she is a mythical creature, so she can be any race. Halle can sing amazingly and is beautiful! Sounds great to me & I am sure she will do a fab job. As long as the cast have amazing chemistry + the story and visuals are amazing, i’ll be happy. Please do share your opinions, but let’s be kind and respectful. #TheLittleMermaid #Disney #Art

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2. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by @TheCrownedHeartLove

 

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Passing The Torch 🧜‍♀️✨🧜‍♀️ @disney @chloexhalle #ariel #thelittlemermaid

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3. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by André Manguba

4. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Ocean Blaine

5. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Lucía

6. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Brienne Yvonne

 

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13/100 Fixed it. ✍️ I could not WAIT to throw this up after seeing all these #notmyariel posts. So many thoughts. For DECADES, little girls of color (like myself) watched Disney princess movies to find zero representation for anything that looked like themselves, and now that the remake is representing something other than the one standard of beauty we saw for years, there’s a problem? We need to protect this young queen and shower her with support. @chloexhalle this is OUR dream come true, congrats this is huge! I can’t wait to take my daughter to go see this. The fact that she will grow up with this as her normal gives me all the feels. ☺️💕. #hallebailey #ariel #chloeandhalle #littlemermaid #illustratorsoninstagram #procreate #satisfyingvideos #disney #art #definitelymyariel #halleismyariel #disneyprincess

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7. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Dominic Bustamante

8. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Dylan Bonner

9. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Diego Candia Cobian

10. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Stephen Menard

11. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Isabelle Staub

12. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Darko Dordevic

13. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Denver Balbaboco

14. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Céli

15. Halle Bailey The Little Mermaid by Kaiayme

 

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💗🐠🌸 Do people still hate the pink dress or….? Because I kind of like it. … Edit: There were a lot of responses on this post and while many are full of love and positivity, and some are even downright wonderful, I want to be clear that I do not tolerate racism or racist comments, at all. Full stop. As of right now, I think Halle Bailey is an amazing casting choice. And if you need Ariel to be white in order to enjoy the character, you don’t actually like or care about Ariel. Because nothing about her or her story is defined by her skin tone. There is no need for this specific remake to cast someone who looks exactly like the cartoon. I understand that a lot of you googled ‘little mermaid setting?’ like 5 mins ago and are crying about the original fairy tale being set in Denmark. That’s a bullshit excuse and you know it. The 1989 version is an adaptation that has no clear setting established within the context of the movie. And if anything, it is strongly influenced by the Caribbean. On top of that, Ariel f-cking kills herself in the original. So is that what you’d like to see happen? I didn’t think so. Times change. And stories that are retold should be updated to reflect that. If you come here saying “well doesn’t this mean we can racebend ANY character??” Nope! Thanks for asking. Furthermore, if you’re whining that Disney should only ever make new characters for actors of color instead, you obviously do not understand how powerful and important it is to take an iconic role like Ariel, give it to a black actress, and say ‘This character belongs to no one, and she is just as much for you as for anyone else”. Bring on the new & beautiful Ariel. I applaud this choice, it was the right choice, and I am very excited for it. . . . #disney #disneyariel #disneyremake #thelittlemermaid #remake #myart #fanart #ariel #hallebailey #linmanuelmiranda #disneyliveaction #digitalart #artistsoninstagram #artaccount #disneyart #singer #littlemermaid #scuttle #flounder #hallebaileylittlemermaid #disneylife #disneyanimation #disneyprincesses #princessariel #chloexhallebailey

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