Robin Roberts Selected as Mentor for Disney’s Dream Big Princess Campaign: ‘It’s Humbling’


For Robin Roberts, being a exercise mannequin to youthful women continues to be, admittedly, “kind of bizarre.”

“It’s humbling that I’ve now gotten to the stage the place youthful women notably look as quite a bit as me,” the Good Morning America anchor tells PEOPLE absolutely. “You don’t set out for it to be that methodology, nonetheless it’s a privilege.”

Roberts was just lately chosen as a mentor for Disney’s #DreamBigPrincess campaign, the place she was paired with a youthful woman from Girl Up, a corporation primarily based by the United Nations that seeks to empower females in all places on the earth to pursue their targets and alter the world. Through the promoting advertising marketing campaign, 21 youngsters from all via the globe have been paired with well-known function fashions resembling Emily Blunt, Jo Malone, and Roberts. The Girl Up individuals then interviewed their mentors, and shot and produced movement footage of the expertise in celebration of International Day of the Girl on October 11.

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In Roberts’ video, produced by aspiring journalist Marisa Umeh, 18, who’s a pupil at UC Berkeley, Roberts shares how she used to wish to be an skilled basketball participant earlier than coming into into journalism, and the best way through which she first broke into the sector of sports activities actions actions reporting.

“As a girl, and a girl of shade, I didn’t have quite a few people which had been doing what I needed to do,” Roberts says all through the video. “I knew that if I didn’t do a wonderful job, it could possibly in the reduction of the prospect that any specific individual else like me is likely to be employed.”

“You’re going to make errors, and that’s okay,” Roberts provides, earlier than detailing that she’s made an excessive amount of errors in her profession and figured them out. “If you’re ready on a time for many who don’t have that worry, you’re going to be on the sidelines a very very very long time. So many helpful individuals in any commerce are fearful.”

 Roberts nonetheless interprets an excessive amount of her sports activities actions actions background into her morning TV present routine. Before going into the studio for GMA, she blows two kisses up in course of the sky—one for her father who handed away in 2004, and one completely different for her mom, who handed away in 2012—earlier than fist bumping Joelle, an worker who stands all through the world.

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“It’s the athlete in me,” Roberts tells PEOPLE. “I’m an athlete at coronary coronary coronary heart. I used to have a pre-game ritual and now I’ve this.”

Roberts’ video, together with the 20 others, have been launched on Good Morning America on Wednesday, and is likely to be seen on Disney’s website. For every social share between now and Nov. 20 of any video with #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 to Girl Up, with a most donation of $1 million.

Disney Parks are furthermore getting in on the celebration, as they are going to be net web internet hosting all 21 of the Girl Up filmmakers of their parks this week, and frightening all of their agency in all places on the earth to go to their parks sporting outfits impressed by their favourite feminine Disney characters.

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For Roberts, that character is likely to be princess Tiana.

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“I like the fact that she was the primary African American princess all through the Walt Disney sphere,” Roberts tells PEOPLE. “But the fact that she was about exhausting work—it wasn’t like she was going to must be rescued or one factor like that—that’s what I beloved about her.”

“I take observe with Frozen, listening to that the distinctive model was that she was going to be rescued after which [it became] no, let her sister rescue her. It doesn’t should have a person,” Roberts provides. “It’s okay to have your Prince Charming—nothing in course of Prince Charming, nonetheless what I like that about this assortment is the best way through which you see the absolutely completely completely different princesses evolve.”

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