Moana star says it's 'absolutely fine' to dress as the princess for Halloween

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Disney has had its fair share of cultural appropriation criticisms.

One of their recent bouts of tone deafness came in 2016, the year Moana was released in cinemas.

Disney was forced to pull a Halloween costume for Moana’s friend and guide, Maui, after accusations that it promoted ‘full body brown face'.

The costume let children dress up as the demi-god, featuring brown skin, traditional Polynesian tattoos, a grass skirt and a bone necklace.

With Halloween just around the corner, and Moana costumes appearing both online and in high street retailers, the topic of cultural appropriation has come once more to the fore.

Now, 17-year-old Auli’i Cravalho - who made her acting debut voicing the titular Disney character - says children and adults should dress as Moana for Halloween.

"I think it’s absolutely appropriate," she told PEOPLE.

It’s done in the spirit of love and for Disney and for the little ones who just want to dress up as their favourite heroine. I’m all for it.

I would encourage anyone who wants to dress up as a wayfinder who journeys beyond her reef to figure out who she truly is, I totally support you. Go for it.

Parents can dress up as Moana, too.

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