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Disney's First Latina Princess Will Wear a Dress Designed by a Latina ‘Project Runway’ Alum

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If you haven't heard the good news, Disney is finally (finally!) creating its first-ever Latina princess this summer. And as photos of her gown circulated today, news spread that Project Runway alum Layana Aguilar had designed it.

Princess Elena of Avalor is slated to make her debut in a series on Disney Channel this summer. She will be the first princess inspired by Latin cultures and folklores, so naturally, her gown had to be both culturally and historically accurate.

Born and raised in Brazil, Aguilar became a fan favorite on Project Runway, appearing on Season 11 and later returning for Season 5 of Project Runway All Stars. She designed Elena's gown to reflect her South American heritage.

The end result is a red, off-the-shoulder gown with floral prints (a first for a Disney princess). You can get a glimpse of the gown below, or see a version of it yourself at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort when Elena begins making appearances later on this year.

Disney Princess Elena of Avalor in her gown. Photo: Courtesy of Lippin Group.