Target: Veronica Collins, Casting Director for “Once Upon a Time”
Goal: Commend Collins for casting a black woman as the strong female character “Rapunzel”
“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your long hair” is a beloved fairy-tale quote which has recently evolved in a wonderful way. The character of Rapunzel has been dominantly portrayed as a young white female with long golden hair for the entirety of the story’s existence, until now. The hit ABC Television show “Once Upon a Time” has cast a beautiful, light skinned black woman with large curly hair as Rapunzel.
Alexandra Metz will star as Rapunzel; her acquisition of the role has sparked many emotional responses from fans of the show. Casting Metz as Rapunzel is a leap in the right direction for many reasons; for example, it makes a statement against schools that have chastised young black girls about their natural or dreadlocked hair. These little girls, and black women everywhere, should feel confident in their hair: it represents strength, courage, history and simply being a beautiful woman of color. These girls and women should never be ashamed of their identity.
The character of Rapunzel is an incredibly strong, courageous woman. Her hair is a metaphor for this strength. At this moment in history a black Rapunzel is bold: her hair is a proud proclamation of strength, and a demand for equality. Commend the casting director of “Once Upon A Time” for her insight into what the character Rapunzel is supposed to represent.
Dear Veronica Collins,
You recently cast a black woman for the fairy-tale character of Rapunzel, a character normally portrayed as a white woman with golden, flowing hair. Thank you for breaking out of the stereotype and grasping the real message behind this character and her hair.
Rapunzel’s hair is a metaphor for her strength. She is a bold, courageous woman who vows to be in control of her own destiny. Especially in light of recent news regarding little black girls being chastised for their natural or dreadlocked hair, this strength should be seen as representative of all women and their fight for equality. Rapunzel’s hair is her identity, something she learns to cherish. All women should feel strong and beautiful; Rapunzel’s long, strong hair represents all women and the strength within.
Thank you for casting the beautiful Alexandra Metz as Rapunzel. I look forward to watching her in her new role, and sincerely hope she is an inspiration to women everywhere.
[Your Name Here]
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