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by Sandra Elhelw Wright
RegNet PhD scholar
When I was a young girl I asked for fair skin for Christmas. We didn’t even celebrate the holiday but I hoped my parents would be able to give me the blonde hair and blue eyes of all my favourite Disney princesses. Children’s characters have since over the years have moved in the right direction of representation - something that is countlessly proven by studies to prevent negative psychological impacts on young minds.
But for those long-graduated from cartoons, a sobering absence of multicultural representation in Australian media still stands.