I've always been an advocate for diversity in media. I believe representation should be across the board and everyone needs to relate to a character every now and then, not just when it comes to cultural or sexual identity, but even experiences. Strangely enough, I've rarely ever worried about my own representation. I don't know why, but I assume it's because I don't really embrace any kind of identity. I am who I am and I leave it at that. I've almost never even thought about how I relate to other characters. In fact, the only time I can think of is when someone has abandonment issues with a father in media and it strikes a bit closer to home, but even that's not entirely true since I'm the one who cut ties with my father, not the other way around. When it comes to cultural identity, as a Latino, I don't really relate to Latinx characters. I've always assumed it's because of how assimilated to a non-Latinx culture I am considering I grew up in the deep South. I'm extremely detached from any Hispanic culture, my Spanish is very lacking, I've only been to my family's homeland (Dominican Republic) as an infant and don't remember it, and I definitely pass off more as White than Latino, but I don't really identify with White either. When it comes to experiences, many people always assume The Big Bang Theory's characters are perfect for me when...they're just not? Regardless, it's never really bothered me and I'm comfortable where I fit and relating to characters when I do relate to them. And then came this: Touted as Disney's first Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor will be portrayed by a Dominican-American actress. Granted, Disney has said -in relation to another character of possible Latin heritage- that their characters don't have the same heritages as we have in the real world, but are instead inspired by them. So Elena may not be exactly Latina, but her culture is inspired from actual Latinx cultures. Her actress, Aimee Carrero, is Dominican-American (like me) and was born in the exact city my family hails from (Santo Domingo). For some reason, this has given me a whole new appreciation of representation. I haven't been able to identify exactly what it is about her character that strikes me (maybe it's the fact that even though she is supposed to be the Disney equivalent of Latina, she speaks in English due to, you know, Disney) but I now see myself in a character in a way that I rarely do (even if I am a man and the character isn't). What do you think is the significance of representation? Have you ever had a character presumably made to represent you but you didn't relate to them? Have you ever had a character that you suddenly found yourself relating to in a way you didn't expect?