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Disney's live-action The Little Mermaid has finally cast it's Ariel, and it's the perfect choice. 

Halle Bailey, of Chloe x Halle fame, is set to become part of Disney's world, isn't it neat? The R&B singer is tapped to play Ariel in the next adaptation, directed by Rob Marshall.

The director has spent months meeting with talent, and insiders claim that Bailey has been a clear front runner from day one of auditions.

Disney have received praise online for casting more diverse actors and artists for their new cinematic offerings, with Bailey becoming the first black princess in a live-action film.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” Marshall said in a statement.

The incredible cast already includes Jacob Tremblay and the hilarious Awkwafina, of Crazy Rich Asians and Oceans 8 fame. Melissa McCarthy is also rumoured to be playing the sea-witch Ursula.

The Little Mermaid will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated hit film, as well as adding new song from original composer Alan Menken and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Miranda is producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca, so it's set to be absolutely amazing. David Magee has written the script, with Jane Goldman having written a previous draft.

Menken wrote the iconic original music from the film, including songs like Under the Sea, Kiss the Girl and Part of Your World. Our childhoods are essentially being reignited and we couldn't be happier.

The movie followed mermaid Ariel's journey after falling in love with Prince Eric, a human. She trades in her voice for a pair of legs, and it gets fairly chaotic after that…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The role will be Bailey's debut for a feature film, following her success as one part of singing duo Chloe x Halle since 2015.

The pair rose to fame after posting YouTube covers of Beyoncé before the superstar discovered them and signed them to her record label. They've since opened for Queen Bey on her Lemonade tour.

Halle also stars in the Freeform series ​​​​​​Grown-ish, so she's got some acting skills in the bag already. 

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It seems like such a long time ago when Frozen first hit our screens, bringing incredible music, stunning animation and beautiful characters for every age to enjoy. Let It Go became an anthem, winning dozens of awards along the way.

Our favourite ice Queen Elsa and her loving sister Anna were torn apart as children when Elsa's magical powers became too hard to control.

The massively successful film saw the siblings reunite alongside some hilarious and charming friends; the comedic snowman Olaf, stubborn Kristoff and his trusty reindeer, Sven.

Finally, a trailer for the much-anticipated sequel has been released, and Elsa doesn't look like she's in Arendelle anymore.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Elsa must brave an entirely new element in the teaser trailer from Disney, which shows the Queen (played by Idina Menzel) conquering a gigantic wave of the ocean and joining familiar faces like Princess Anna, Olaf and Kristoff.

Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck once again join forces for the film, as well as song-writer married couple Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Lee is co-writing the script with Hidden Figures scribe Allison Schroeder, hinting to Variety that the upcoming adventure will be "bigger" and "more epic" than the initial release; “They’re going to go far out of Arendelle."

Frozen became an instant sensation after it was released back in 2013, raking in over $1.3 billion at the box office, as well as two Academy Awards.

It's also the highest-grossing animated film ever made, and the 13th biggest flick of all time. It was even adapted as a Broadway musical last year, and was nominated for three Tonys.

Frozen 2 hits the cinemas on November 22, get ready for the return of our favourite magical sisters.

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It's no secret that we are pretty Disney obsessed, and have fantasised about what life would be like as a princess. 

Well, it looks like those dreams could finally become a reality as Disneyland Paris are hosting open auditions in Dublin this week. 

Taking place this Wednesday, May 23rd, in Dance Ireland at Liberty House on Foley Street from 10:30am, scouts are looking to find enthusiastic and energetic characters for Disneyland's characters and parade departments. 

Candidates must speak English or French, be a minimum of 18 years old and must be available until 6 pm.

They ask that all candidates wear comfortable clothing (to participate in a movement/dance combination) and refrain from wearing makeup. 

So, if you think you've got what it takes to be the next Elsa, you better get those dancing shoes on and start preparing your routine.

For more information on how to start your new life as a Disney princess, click here.  

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There’s one thing that Disney princesses have in common- and no it isn’t the wonderful, catchy songs they get to sing every two minutes (but that too).

It has been revealed that (almost) every Disney princess wears blue, and the reason behind the common wardrobe trend is incredibly inspiring

Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Colour Institute spilled the details on the meaning behind their blue outfit accents.

She told Allure: 'You’re adding a bit of power to the character by giving her the blue.'

Leatrice explained that by wearing the blue the characters are helping inspire young women.

It shows them as a symbol of power and strength, so no wonder e grew up wanting to be kick-ass young women. 

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She revealed, “It’s a subtle way of saying, ‘“Yeah, but young women, young girls, can be empowered, too.”

Blue is also the colour of serenity and trust, which makes perfect sense because we always feel better after watching a Disney classic like Alice in Wonderland or Aladdin.

Not only have characters like Belle, Alice and Snow White taught us many lessons throughout the years, but they have also altered our moods in the simplest way.

Elsa’s blue cape and Cinderella’s blue ballgown have helped boost our moods, because,  apparently, the colour blue has the power to raise people’s spirits.

We associate the colour blue with the sky, Beatrice explained: 'It’s dependable. It’s reliable. It might cloud up, but we know it’s there.'

'It’s something to look forward to, to see that blue sky,' she added.

We knew Disney movies were good for the soul, and this just confirms it.  

If you need us we’ll be curled up under a duvet, watching Beauty and the Beast.

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Adding new touches to your homeware collection doesn't have to break the bank.

Penneys have just unleashed their brand new homeware collection on the world, and honestly we couldn't be more grateful.

The latest drop features the prettiest crushed velvet accents, sumptuous patterns and gorgeous gilded accessories fit for a princess.

To Penneys we go! 

Circular Cushion €8.00, Plum Cushion, €10.00, Small Blue Cushion €6.00 

Square pillow €10.00, Gold Frame €6.00, Round pillow €8.00

 Copper mug €5.00, Swan mug €6.00

 Olive pillow €6.00, Square Diamond Cushion €6.00, Crushed velvet cushion €6.00

 Glass Drawers €10.00, Large Faux Plant €6.00, Peacock Trinket Dish green €4.00

Peacock Trinket Holder €4.00, Small bell candle €5.00, Smoked Glass Mini Lantern €4.00, Glass Vase €3.00

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Whether you want to buy one for your 12-year-old niece or you know… you, these Disney princess chokers are absolutely everything.

And they're basically made by a real princess (kinda – they're made by actress, Courtney Reed, who plays Jasmine in Broadway's Aladdin, so she's basically a princess, right?).

Anyway, aptly named The Princess Collection, it includes 15 different necklaces which are all inspired by movie heroines, ranging from Elsa to Mulan and Meg.

We're pretty obsessed with Pocahontas' choker, because it brings back those early Naughties vibes, but the whole collection is gorgeous:

Mulan, Mulan

 

Ariel, The Little Mermaid

 

Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

 

Aurora, Sleeping Beauty

 

Meg, Hercules

 

Elsa, Frozen

 

Anna, Frozen

 

Tiana, The Princess and the Frog

 

Rapunzel, Tangled

 

Pocahontas, Pocahontas

 

Belle, Beauty and the Beast

 

Moana, Moana

 

Jasmine, Aladdin

 

Cinderella (Part 1), Cinderella

 

Cinderella (Part 2), Cinderella

 

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We pretty much refuse to grow out of our Disney obsession here in Shemazing! HQ.

Between Disney colouring books and bags, to Minnie Mouse heels and make-up, our love for the brand seems to grow deeper everyday.

And what's better than mixing your love of Disney with booze, huh?

These Disney Princess inspired cocktails are magical

A bar in Glasgow honed in on the trend and made a princess-inspired cocktail menu that sounds abso-f*cking-lutely amazing.

Driftwood Bar launched the menu last week, and shared a photo of the fantasy drinks on Facebook.

These Disney Princess inspired cocktails are magical

With names such as the Poison Apple, Under the Sea, and Let it Go, we kinda really want to try them all at once. And at £3.50 (€4.10) a pop, we didn't think a drinks menu could ever look so good.

We want to book a weekend away just to taste these Disney cocktails.

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A children's beauty pageant has invited Katie Price's daughter, Princess, to take part in the competition – and it looks like she might accept.

The 8-year-year in being lined up for the Toddlers and Tiara's type pageant which is to be held in either Dublin or Cork.

Katie's daughter recently came under fire for wearing make-up and sharing the picture on social media, but Katie insists that it's her decision if she wants to put on lipstick or not.

The Irish competition is going to be held by an American company, Universal Royalty Beauty Pageant, and the show's host seems to think it would be the best idea for Princess to accept the invite.

“I know Katie’s daughter has been invited to go to another pageant in the US… But she doesn’t need to go to all that trouble and expense, because I’ll be bringing America to Ireland,” Annette Hill told Goss.

Katie will certainly be an interesting show mom.

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If you dreamed of living in a castle someday, then feast your eyes on this.

Not only is this a pretty pink castle fit for a princess (or queen, whatever you prefer), it's also made entirely out of cake.

Yep, CAKE. And icing, and sweets and cherries. Yum.

The exhibit, which is titled Break Bread, is a wonderful dessert art installation, featuring six rooms, cake sculptures, a Cirque Du Soleil-themed bar and a chandelier made out of hard sweets. It also has a mind-blowing amount of pink icing on the inside.

BRB.. we're pretty much set on booking tickets to LA now.

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In perhaps the most unexpected of Yuletide collaborations, Channing Tatum has channelled full on princess for his Lip Sync Battle against his gorgeous wife, Jenna Dewan. 

In a New Year special of the breakout American show, we are treated to a full hour of the Tatum's going hell for leather in order to be crowned lip sync champion against their better halves. 

This special episode is due to air January 7th and kicks off season 2 of the show. You can watch the hilarious trailer below. 

Apart from Channing performing on a horse and Jenna clearly channelling Magic Mike, the cherry on top has to be Channing in a full on Elsa costume. 

And according to Jenna, the Tatum's are "going to war" and we cannot wait. 

We have to say this is most definitely #relationshipgoals 

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A lot of lipstick/movie mash-ups are happening at the moment – but we have to admit, this might be our favourite one. 

After the Harry Potter lipstick line was launched a couple of weeks ago, Potter fans went crazy. 

But now it's time for Disney princesses. 

LA Splash have incorporated Disney's most iconic characters into their all-new lipstick line. 

The 12 lip colours play homage to everyone from Ariel to Nala and even the Evil Queen. 

As you might expect, Ariel is a soft and feminine pop of pink while the lippy named after Alice in Wonderland is a quirky off-track purple. 

Big names like Cinderella and Pocahontas have been overlooked on this occasion. 

Sorry Cinders, not this time. 

But we're hoping that means they're saving them for a follow-up line.

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Kate Middleton has gone way down in the style stakes!

British publication Hello! asked 30,000 readers globally to rank the most stylish young royals and K-Middy didn't get the number one spot… or the number two for that matter.

Instead, Princess Mary of Denmark was ranked first – with nearly 30 percent of the vote.

And Queen Máxima of the Netherlands came in second, leaving poor Kate came third. Surely the princess isn't losing her sparkle? 

Queen Letizia of Spain and Princesses Mette-Marit of Norway also made it into the top five on the stylish list. 

The survey also revealed that Ms Cambridge's fashion influence is equal to that of Snooki and Paris Hilton. Ouch. 

Participants of the survey said that they think her style is too "safe" and "less independent" than other style icons. 

But the Duchess is already stepping up her game with a new stylist on board and plenty of leg on display (ooh-la-la-la) at on public appearance late last year. 

In short, we certainly discount her just yet – *hair flip*. 

 

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