The Providence American was given an opportunity to interview Soniah and we asked her about her role as Tiana and how it feels to be the first African American female skater to play a Disney Princess?
SS: It makes me feel great to have that distinction. I am one of 14 kids. I come from a big family where I grew up trying to please everybody. Working with Disney is like being in another big family so I am comfortable in my role. Who wouldnt want to be a Princess?
PA: How did you get into ice-skating?
SS: So I started skating when I was young. I skated competitively for 14 years. I had been a solo skater since age eleven but here at Disney pair skating became a new skill for me. I have been here at Disney now for six years and in my third year in pair skating.
PA: What about other interests; sports, school, family etc.?
SS: Well I did attend Tennessee State University for two years prior to my opportunity here at Disney. I was athletic as both my parents were coaches, but skating was my passion at the time. My parents encouraged my skating but also understand the value of education. I am sure I will return to school in the future.
PA: What advice would you give to young readers of The Providence American?
SS: If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, try it. I believe that we are capable of doing anything if we try. But one thing for sure when you do try doors will open for you that you never thought might.
PA: Well Sonia thank you so much for spending time with us here at The Providence American and sharing your thoughts with our readers, young and old. So in the words of theatre Brake A Leg, and congratulations on your accomplishments in the world of Ice Skating.