As part of Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration and releasing during World Princess Week, ELLE is highlighting fourteen Modern Heroines who demonstrate courage and kindness in their daily lives. ELLE kicks off the new series with four profiles featured in the September 2021 issue and at ELLE.com   

Eva Longoria, Misty Copeland, Amanda Nguyen and Padma Lakshmi via ELLE September 2021

Eva Longoria, Misty Copeland, Amanda Nguyen and Padma Lakshmi via ELLE September 2021

What’s Happening:

  • Since April of 2021, Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration has been highlighting the Princesses fans know and love as well as their attributes of courage and kindness.
  • ELLE is joining the multi-year celebration with a new series honoring 14 real-life heroes and heroines and the Princesses that are near and dear to them.
Eva Longoria | Photo by Celeste Sloman

Eva Longoria | Photo by Celeste Sloman

  • Starting with the September 2021 issue, ELLE will share four “Modern Heroines” profiles of individuals who show kindness and courage and are working to inspire people of all ages. The first group featured includes:
    • Eva Longoria (Jasmine): The Generous Multihyphenate
    • Misty Copeland (Belle): The Graceful Dancer
    • Amanda Nguyen (Mulan): The Brave Justice-Seeker
    • Padma Lakshmi (Tiana): The Tenacious Foodie
Misty Copeland | Photo by Celeste Sloman

Misty Copeland | Photo by Celeste Sloman

  • The profile includes a stunning photograph of each woman and explains more about their career and what they’re doing to change the world. And of course they talk about their favorite Princesses.
Amanda Nguyen | Photo by Celeste Sloman

Amanda Nguyen | Photo by Celeste Sloman

  • Audiences can pick up the September 2021 issue of ELLE when it hits newsstands on August 31st. Modern Heroines profiles are also available online at ELLE.com.  
  • In addition to these four Modern Heroines, new profiles will launch monthly through April 2022. So stay tuned!
Padma Lakshmi | Photo by Celeste Sloman

Padma Lakshmi | Photo by Celeste Sloman

Modern Heroines on their Favorite Princesses:

  • Eva Longroia on Jasmine: “I loved Jasmine. She had dark hair and dark skin. I was like, ‘She looks like me!’”
  • Misty Copeland on Belle: “I loved the way she would move throughout the town, with such poise and grace, even though she wasn’t this wealthy, elite princess.”
  • Amanda Nguyen on Disney princesses: “I think Disney princesses and queens are such feminists.”
  • Padma Lakshmi on Tiana: “We love Tiana because she’s very steadfast and doesn’t expect an easy way out.”

What They’re Saying:

  • Melissa Lasdon, vice president, Disney Princess franchise development, Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing: “Though each Disney Princess is unique with their own story of trials and triumphs, they all embody the characteristics of courage and kindness and continue to inspire fans of all ages worldwide. We are honored to be teaming up with ELLE to bring their stories to life by showcasing modern-day heroines who embody these same characteristics and pave the way for future generations of dreamers and achievers.”
  • Nina Garcia, ELLE editor in chief: “ELLE has always been a champion of diverse voices and stories, and we are honored to partner with Disney on their ‘Ultimate Princess Celebration’ to showcase real-life heroes and heroines who are inspirational in their own right, and reflect the values and spirit of these Disney Princess characters that are recognized around the globe.”