DISNEY’S Rachel Zegler has hit back at racist trolls after being cast as Snow White in live action remake.
The 20-year-old actress was announced as the latest Disney princess on Tuesday.
Rachel Zegler has hit back at racist trolls after being cast as Snow White in the live action Disney remakeCredit: Instagram
However, racist trolls immediately took issue with the fact she is of Colombian and Polish descent and – in their eyes – doesn’t fit the character’s historic description of having ‘skin as white as snow’.
Amid the furore, Rachel – who stars in the upcoming remake of West Side Story – took to Twitter to defend her casting, writing: “yes i am snow white no i am not bleaching my skin for the role.”
The tweet has since been deleted but she later added: “DO YOU FEEL THE CONTROVERSY COMING????”
Despite the backlash from some trolls, there was a huge amount of support and excitement about Rachel’s casting from fans.
Rachel is half Colombian and half PolishCredit: Instagram
Some racist trolls claimed she shouldn’t play the character who is described as having ‘skin as white as snow’Credit: Alamy
In a now deleted tweet, Rachel said she would not be bleaching her skin for the role as she took on the hatersCredit: Instagram
One wrote: “THIS IS AMAZING!!!! Rachel is a phenomenal actress with a gorgeous voice who I know will bring absolute LIFE to Snow! So excited to see her shine.”
Another tweeted: “I think it’s perfect casting, she DOES look like the Disney version of Snow White, she’s talented af AND a super nice person too. Haters go f yourselves.”
A third added: “Congratulations honey. You’re gonna make one fantastic Disney Princess.”
Marc Webb, who will direct the live action remake, said of Rachel: “Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts.
Rachel, who will soon be seen in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, had plenty of support from excited fans onlineCredit: AP
“Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale.”
Production is set to start in 2022 with further casting to be announced in due course.