Halle Bailey holds back tears as she unveils a Little Mermaid doll that looks just like her
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“I have something very exciting to reveal to you all,” the actor says as she takes a deep breath.
She continues: “I am going to cry.”
She proceeded to pick up the new toy inspired by her, adding: “This is the new doll. I am literally choking up because this means so much to me, and to have one that looks like me and that’s my favorite Disney character is very surreal.”
The actor was pleased that the toy makers even included her signature ‘mole’ on the figurine.
She adds: “I am just stunned, so I don’t know quite what to do with it, but I’m gonna steal this and take it home and hide it forever.”
Users were touched by the sweet moment, as one person wrote: “I’m supposed to pay a bill today. F**k it! This is more important! From one Ariel to another, congrats Halle!”
Another said: “Am I almost 40 yes will I be buying this for myself yes.”
While another marveled: “Keep y’all kids out the store bc I’m gonna push them out the way to get one.”
Last year, when the first teaser for the upcoming film was released, heartwarming reactions of young Black girls viewing the trailer for the first time went viral.
In one TikTok video, a little girl named Sienna can hardly contain her excitement once she sees Bailey appear onscreen.
A starry-eyed Sienna asked off camera 'That is Ariel? That is her?' while ‘Part of Your World’ softly played in the background.
The clip reached one million views, with many commenting on how important representation is.
One person wrote: “I’ve been crying all morning watching these blind reacts. I was bullied for my red hair and Ariel helped. I love to see her helping others.”
Another said: “Y’all are giving so much joy with these videos. I was NOT prepared for what that trailer was for me and all the little girls who look like me.”
While another commented: “These are a new set of emotions and reactions from kids that I’m clearly ready for, but dammit I am crying every time!”
My god, who’s cutting onions in here?