H.E.R. considers being Disney princess Belle more than just being an Oscar winner. It is more than just winning an Oscar

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Children have big dreams.

For H.E.R.It was seeing herself as a Disney princess. This is what Belle now realizes for herself and millions more little girls around the globe. Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration.

The 25-year old musician said that she has loved all Disney princesses, but not a favourite. She explained that she never felt connected to a Disney princess because she didn’t look like her. There aren’t any Filipino princesses. So to be a Black Filipino Belle is huge. It has been a long wait, but it’s finally here. I’m happy we’re finally here and can see ourselves in the people on film and TV.

It’s hardly the first major achievement for the entertainer — she has Grammys to her credit and an Oscar for Best Song (“Fight For You” in Judas and The Black Messiah).

A 30TH CELEBRATION OF BEAUTY & THE BEAST

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She confessed that being a Disney princess was more meaningful than winning an Oscar. Because it’s about the journey and not the end result.

She says that she enjoys the whole process. “I’ve never done it for the awards. It is so incredible to be recognized. It’s amazing. It’s a great honor to be acknowledged for my hard work. At the end of it all, it’s better to be there and actually do it than just watching it. “The little girl inside me has always been the hard worker, and hasn’t really cared about how it looks or feels like. I’m getting back that.”

Gabi Wilson is H.E.R. and she says that playing Belle helped her see a different side of herself. She especially loved the iconic yellow dress. It was a very important step towards my goals. It was confirmation and it brought out something new in me,” she said of the experience of wearing the costume for the first. “Being Belle really revealed a new side to me. A femininity that I feel is important to me. I am now more ambitious. When I found myself in this yellow dress, I was able to walk and smile differently.

When the performer is performing, audiences can also see a different side to him. Beauty and the Beast: A 30-year Celebration Airs on ABC Dec. 15.

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