The adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella starring Brandy Rayana Norwood and Whitney Houston was my favorite film as a child. This adaptation had a multiracial cast and a black Cinderella. When I was four years old, whenever I saw a woman with cornrows on the street, I would point to her and say that she looked “beautiful, just like Cinderella” because of this musical. It brings up a problem particularly prevalent in America of “whitewashing,” casting a hugely disproportionate number of characters in the movies and other media, especially main characters, as white actors. It’s a common argument that it makes most sense for characters to be white, but would we feel the same way if we grew up with a more transnational media that didn’t whitewash movies? Maybe more children would have grown up associating cornrows with Cinderella. This movie helps prove the arbitrariness of racial associations with certain famous characters.