Yara Shahidi has become the first black woman to portray the character Tinkerbell

Yara Shahidi has become the first black woman to portray the character Tinkerbell

Yara Shahidi has become the first black woman to portray the character Tinkerbell in Disney's animated film Peter Pan. The 20 year old made the announcement on instagram, news that was well recieved by many of her fans. Shahidi is most known for her role as Zoey Johnson on the sitcom “Black-ish” and its spin-off series “Grown-ish.”

The selection of Shahidi is considered a notable success as Black women have often found themselves sidelined when it comes to representation in pop culture. It has always been problematic how black women are represented and portrayed in the media industry to start with. Being able to see more black women taking lead roles that were not easily accessible to them is a victory. Disney have shown their desire to push for inclusivity of young black women in their shows after having Halle Bailey play Ariel in the little mermaid last year, a trend we hope will continue