– Olympia Ohanian received a Halle Bailey Princess Ariel doll inspired by the live-action “The Little Mermaid” remake as a surprise gift from her parents, Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian.
– Olympia was overwhelmed with joy upon receiving the doll and stated that she had never had a mermaid doll before.
– The doll represents Bailey’s historic feat as the first Black actor to play Ariel and the second to be a Disney princess, which has had a huge impact on an entire generation of Disney fans, including Olympia.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s 5-year-old daughter, Olympia, received a surprise gift that left her thrilled and overjoyed. The little girl, who is set to become a big sister soon, received a Halle Bailey Princess Ariel doll inspired by the live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”
During a family dinner, Olympia excitedly unwrapped the gift and shouted “LITTLE MERMAID! THANK YOU, DADDY! Thank you!” as she clutched the doll with delight. The young girl, whose Barbie-pink manicure perfectly matched her “Encanto” princess dress, revealed that she had never had a mermaid doll before.
Olympia’s dad couldn’t help but capture his daughter’s genuine excitement on camera. He referred to Bailey’s historic role as the first Black actor to perform as Ariel, and the second to be a Disney princess. Bailey believes that such important roles should be played by people who represent the community they portray.
Although the “The Little Mermaid” movie premiered just a few days ago, Olympia’s reaction to the Barbie doll gifted by her parents is proof that Bailey’s role has already had a significant impact on a new generation of fans. Olympia even planned to take the doll to the movie theater with her.
Halle Bailey’s role as Princess Ariel, and the film’s inclusive casting, resonate with children worldwide who are now able to see images of themselves on the big screen. Bailey’s performance is much more than just an act in a film, and it portends a brighter future for the entertainment industry and an increasing portrayal of diverse communities.