Latino Actress Rachel Zegler Who Is Set To Play Snow White Hits Back At Trolls

Rachel Zegler and Snow White.
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Latino actress Rachel Zegler has hit back at trolls after being cast as Snow White in Disney’s live-action remake of the 1937 animation classic. 

The 20-year-old, who is also starring as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story, will play the iconic princess when production is expected to begin next year.

But since being cast in the role, trolls have questioned whether or not a Latino actress should play the traditionally white role.

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Many have had an issue with the fact Zegler is of Colombian and Polish descent and believe that she does not fit in with the description of ‘skin as white as snow’.

Following the backlash, the actress has been unable to resist hitting back at the critics.

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In a tweet, which the star has since deleted, she said: “Yes I am Snow White. No, I am not bleaching my skin for the role.”


Initially, Zegler took to Instagram to celebrate the news, dubbing it ‘a dream come true’, and many of her fans were left overjoyed too.

One said: “I AM FREAKING OUT STOP THIS!!!!!!!”

Another added: “OK Latina Snow White!! So proud of you.”

Zegler’s casting has since been defended by the film’s director, Marc Webb, who has praised the star’s ‘strength, intelligence and optimism’.

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In an interview with AFP, he reportedly said: “Rachel’s extraordinary vocal abilities are just the beginning of her gifts. 

“Her strength, intelligence and optimism will become an integral part of rediscovering the joy in this classic Disney fairytale.”

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