Kelly Marie Tran arrives at virtual red carpet as the first South East Asian Disney Princess

Amy Mackelden
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Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images
Photo credit: Amy Sussman - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

It's fair to say that Kelly Marie Tran had a difficult start in Hollywood. After scoring the role of Rose Tico in Star Wars: Episode VIII—The Last Jedi, Tran seemed all but set for superstardom. However, she was soon inundated with racist and sexist online abuse from the toxic side of the Star Wars fandom, and was forced to delete her Instagram account as a result.

Luckily, Tran is back, and she's better than ever. The actress is now starring in Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon as the first ever South East Asian Disney princess, and it's safe to say that she's going to gain a whole new legion of fans who'll have nothing but love for her.

To promote the new film, Tran hit the virtual red carpet in a show-stopping outfit that was totally worthy of her new status as a Disney princess. Stylists Wayman and Micah shared photos of Tran's red-carpet look, and revealed, "Our first Southeast Asia Disney Princess Kelly Marie Tran in custom Thai Nguyen @thainguyenatelier Ao Dai. This national garment was traditionally worn as a female student uniform, but has since evolved to be worn by both sexes on special occasions, weddings, celebrations, especially this time to the world premiere."

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The caption further explained, "In Vietnamese culture, rich colors are adored, but for this special celebration we wanted Kelly Marie Tran to feel like royalty, so we went with the black and gold. The hand beaded "Gold” of phoenix and lotus motif details represent the intricate art and culture of Vietnam. The headdress “khăn đống” symbolizes power. The image of a phoenix rising from the ash perfectly suits the beautiful and strong Kelly Marie Tran combined with the lotus motif in the center of the headdress, which is the national flower of Vietnam. MUA: @nhinako_makeup Hair: @dereksyuen #virtual #premiere."

Tran's Hollywood journey has been anything but smooth, but as her new role demonstrates, she's most definitely ready for her close-up.

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