Disney Princesses are every girl’s obsession growing up – including mine.
I still have all my Princess plush toys that my mother gave me growing up.
I don’t think I can ever outgrow them.
In this post, I’ll cover a list of all the Disney princesses with black hair.
Let’s get to it!
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1. Mulan from the movie Mulan (1998)
Mulan is my favorite Disney princess.
She is of Chinese descent and the whole story is based on a poem – something I learned much later.
One of the most famous scenes in Mulan is when she cuts off her fine black hair with a sword to join the army so that she can protect her family’s honor.
But I genuinely feel she didn’t want to risk losing her father or separating her parents – especially when she sees her parents bonding over what they assumed would be their last night together.
I know there are countless stories after Mulan that try to showcase bravery, but according to me – nothing comes close to Mulan.
She isn’t a typical princess – she’s a warrior.
And although many might not agree with me, I felt the live version of the movie didn’t do justice to the animated version – it was awful.
2. Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Esmeralda is a forgotten Disney princess mostly because it was difficult to market her to young children.
There were too many mature themes in the movie.
I myself never quite understood most of the subtleties in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
But as I grew older, it became plain and simple to see and I had to rewatch it a few times to really grasp just how evil Frollo was.
The story is definitely not aimed at children and it’s quite dark.
Esmeralda is a beautiful gypsy woman who fights for her people and Quasimodo and will not tolerate injustice or cruelty shown to people.
She is more than a dancer and princess and her bravery and free spirit are what I admire – not to mention the adorable relationship she has with her goat.
Esmeralda is one of the few dark-colored princesses with black curly hair so believe me when I say that I really looked up to her.
3. Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)
Snow White is a young, innocent princess.
And she is known for her contrasting white skin and dark raven hair.
Her name springs to mind immediately if you were to think of princesses with black hair.
Snow White’s costume is a very simple one and can be found in a lot of stores.
She is an adorable princess because she loves animals and embodies kindness. She is known for her beautiful singing voice and her good nature.
Not to mention, her movie was what so many children grew up with. I sometimes still can’t believe it was released in 1937.
4. Pocahontas from the movie Pocahontas (1995)
Pocahontas is another beautiful princess that Disney retold the story of.
The original story is quite dark and sad however, the movies are beautiful.
I’ve watched both movies and I am a huge fan of Pocahontas because she always stood for what was right.
And she always fought for peace.
My favorite scene is when she stood up for the bear and asked the people torturing him for entertainment who the real savages were. This scene comes in the second movie.
And my favorite song is Colors of the Wind – especially when her long black hair flies with the dried leaves.
According to historical accounts, Pocahontas played a crucial role in the early relations between the Native Americans and the English colonists. She is credited with saving the life of John Smith, who was a leader of the Jamestown colony in Virginia and later served as a mediator between the two groups.
Pocahontas is remembered for her kindness, diplomacy, and willingness to bridge the gap between cultures.
She is often depicted as a symbol of peace and understanding between different groups. The Disney animated film Pocahontas is loosely based on her life and tells a fictionalized version of her story.
5. Jasmine from Aladdin (1992)
There is a lot of confusion about Princess Jasmine’s true heritage.
She is supposed to be an Arab Princess but the castle of Agrabah is based on the Taj Mahal found in Agra, India.
So, imagine my delight to feel represented as I am an Indian but was born in UAE (an Arab country).
Jasmine is a character from the Disney animated film Aladdin. She is the princess of the fictional city of Agrabah and the love interest of the film’s protagonist, Aladdin.
Jasmine has beautiful, thick long black hair.
And I’ve watched all the Aladdin movies including the Disney animated series.
Jasmine is a strong-willed and independent woman who is tired of being confined to the palace (her father is super protective) and longs for adventure and the opportunity to go outside.
She is initially resistant to the idea of marriage, as she wants to marry for love rather than for political gain, and she is not interested in being forced into a loveless arranged marriage.
Despite her privileged upbringing, Jasmine is a kind and compassionate person who cares deeply about her people and wants to do what is best for them. She is brave and resourceful, and she is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, even if it means going against the wishes of her father, the Sultan.
Throughout the film, Jasmine and Aladdin go on a series of adventures together and fall in love, ultimately overcoming the societal barriers that stand between them and finding happiness together.
6. Moana from the movie Moana (2016)
Oh, the songs and the graphics from this movie are to die for.
I love Moana’s singing voice and her hair is very unique – Moana has long black curly-wavy hair.
Moana tells the story of a young woman named Moana, who is the daughter of the chief of a Polynesian tribe.
When a terrible curse afflicts her island, Moana sets out on a journey to find the demigod Maui and asks him to restore the heart of Te Fiti, a powerful goddess who can save the island.
Along the way, Moana faces many challenges and she learns about her identity and the true nature of her heritage.
This movie has won many awards for its animation and its songs.
7. Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
Honestly, I only watched this movie because it stars the voice acting of Awqwafina. I am a huge fan of hers.
Her heritage isn’t clearly defined – I know she is from somewhere around Southeast Asia but I feel there is no clear indication as to which country she is from.
Raya is the protagonist of the Disney animated film Raya and the Last Dragon. She is a warrior from the fictional land of Kumandra who sets out on a quest to find the last dragon and bring unity to her divided world.
Raya is a skilled warrior who is determined and resourceful, and she is not afraid to take on any challenge that comes her way. She is also kind, compassionate, and fiercely loyal to those she cares about.
Throughout the film, Raya faces numerous challenges and learns to trust and rely on others as she travels across Kumandra in search of the last dragon. Along the way, she meets a diverse group of characters and learns to embrace her own identity and the power of teamwork.
Raya is a strong and inspiring character who embodies the values of courage, determination, and teamwork.
8. Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
This is one of the cutest movies and I only recommend watching it because the colors are so appealing – even to me as I am 30 years old.
Vanellope von Schweetz is a character from the Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph and its sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet.
She is the princess of the Sugar Rush game, in which she is a glitch and outcast among the other characters in the game.
It’s a lovely story based on finding your own path and not listening to the negative voices around you.
Despite her status as an outcast, Vanellope is a kind and optimistic character who is determined to prove herself and be accepted by the other characters in the game. I love her drive and optimism.
Throughout the film, Vanellope becomes friends with Ralph the protagonist, and the two go on a series of adventures together.
Vanellope helps Ralph come to terms with his past and find his place in the world, and in return, Ralph helps Vanellope find the confidence and determination she needs to achieve her dreams.
9. Tiana from The Princess and the Frog (2009)
I love food and I’ve always wanted to own a cafe – it’s my retirement dream.
So, when I saw the trailer and realized that Tiana too has always dreamed of owning her own restaurant – I was hooked.
Tiana had a very unique ambition and goal. Her story is set in New Orleans.
Unlike most other Disney Princesses who wanted to find their Prince and be swept off her feet, Tiana dreamed of owning her own restaurant.
It was a unique ambition and her love for food was what I connected with the most.
She didn’t take any shortcuts and worked hard taking up multiple jobs just to see her dream come true.
The story is filled with adventure, romance, and beautiful colors.
10. Melody from The Little Mermaid 2 (2000)
Who didn’t love The Little Mermaid growing up?
I’ve watched several animated series that was based on The Little mermaid – released by Fox and other Japanese companies.
I nearly skipped this one because a lot of people missed watching this beautiful movie.
Melody grows up with a love for the sea.
She is the daughter of Prince Eric and Ariel – the protagonist of the film.
She inherits Ariel’s facial features and Prince Eric’s dark hair. So, she too is a Disney Princess with black hair.
As a child, Melody is fascinated by the sea, despite the fact that her mother has forbidden her from going into the water. She is also curious about her mermaid heritage and longs to learn more about her past.
When Melody is a teenager, she decides to go against her mother’s wishes by entering the sea.
She is captured by Ursula’s sister, Morgana, who wants to use Melody’s mermaid powers to conquer the surface world. With the help of her family and friends, Melody is able to defeat Morgana and embrace her mermaid heritage, finally finding the freedom and happiness she has been seeking.
Melody is a strong-willed and courageous character who ultimately learns to embrace her true identity and find her place in the world.
I hope you enjoyed this list of Disney princesses with black hair. Let me know if you’d like to see more lists like these.
Which Disney princess with black hair is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!