The faces behind the voices of some of Disney’s animated princesses are beautiful, and sometimes, surprising. In the early years, one actress was chosen to voice both the spoken and singing parts but from the time of 1992’s Aladdin, most have been played by two different women. #funfact
#10. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Broadway star Paige O’Hara auditioned with 500 other women and won the part.
#9. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
Jodi Benson gave voice to (arguably) the best set of songs to ever come out of a Disney film.
#8. Cinderella (Cinderella)
Ilene Woods started her path to fame with a radio show at age 11, and landed the part of Cinderella at 18.
#7. Pocahontas (Pocahontas)
The Native American heroine was voiced by Irene Bedard and sung by Tony-award winning actress Judy Kuhn.
#6. Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)
Disney’s first iconic princess was voiced by teenager Adriana Caselotti.
#5. Mulan (Mulan)
S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Ming-Na Wen handled her speaking voice and Lea Salonga (who also sung Jasmine’s songs in Aladdin) did the singing.
#4. Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
Mary Costa got the part after the casting director overheard an impromptu singing performance at a party.
#3. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
Anika Noni Rose beat out Jennifer Hudson to star as Disney’s first African-American princess.
#2. Moana (Moana)
17-year-old Auli’i Cravalho never auditioned for the part of Moana – a casting director stumbled across her tape when working for a local nonprofit event and the rest is perfection. And history.
#1. Rapunzel (Tangled)
The talented Mandy Moore did the singing and voice acting for the adorably innocent Rapunzel.
h/t: Business Insider