Tyra Banks

  1. Anika Noni Rose, The Princess and the Frog, 2008.   The model-actress-producer (of her own TV series) was eager to play Tiana, Disney’s first African-American princess. The suits preferred Beyoncé Knowles (but she refused to audition), then Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keye before choosing Dreamgirls’ Rose.

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