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Halle Bailey Made Ariel's Iconic Red Hair Her Own With Copper Locs for 'The Little Mermaid'—Here's How She Got the Look

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 when she was five, . “When I saw her, [I was] like, ‘She’s so beautiful; I want to be a mermaid too.’ She didn’t look like me, but I was okay with that because it was what I was used to at the time.” The next generation doesn't have to see things that way, though, and videos of with whom they identified have flooded the internet since Bailey was cast. “When I saw those [videos] for the first time, I just cried,” Bailey says. “I was sobbing uncontrollably.

The fact that these babies are looking at me and feeling the emotions that they’re feeling is a really humbling, beautiful thing.”Bailey knows how impactful seeing oneself onscreen can be, as she herself was moved by in which actor and singer Anika Noni Rose plays the titular princess. “I know how much of that movie changed my whole perspective on life,” she says. “Wow, this is possible.

Black princesses are possible. We deserve to take up these spaces too.”While the live-action Mermaid pulls heavily from the original's plot, there are some key changes, the most apparent of which are visual.

Obviously, modifications are required anytime you adapt , but Bailey and the beauty department had to reimagine Ariel as a woman of color too.

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