*sigh* You may remember that my history with princesses isn’t the best. However, with the help of a friend (Hi Courtney!) I had managed to overcome some of my issues and progress to a point where I bought my daughter a princess figurine for Easter. Without vomiting. In fact, it’s possible I had almost as much fun as my daughter changing Tiana’s clothes and picking out tiaras. But then you had to go mess with Merida from Brave. You had to “update” her. You gave her cleavage, bare shoulders, “better” hair, make-up , and gave her the same face as every other princess. Plus, you took away her bow and arrow and replaced it with a hip-slung belt. WTF?
Then I thought I’d do a funny blog post about how princesses are like Victoria’s Secret models. It was funny for about two minutes. Do you know why? Because your princesses ARE like underwear models. UNDERWEAR MODELS. Does this strike you as odd? It should. These princesses–yes, the ones that my five year-old girl emulates–have more in common with an airbrushed lingerie model than an actual girl. Because, let’s be honest, the original princesses all started out as girls in their mid-late teens. Now, thanks to you, they all look like women about to start careers as prostitutes. Do they have to be so sexy, skinny, and (mostly) white? Do they all have to wear eyeliner?
Come on, Disney. Throw us a bone. We’re trying to raise smart, confident, kind girls. And you are making the job a lot harder. Fix it. Please.
1. Look innocent . . .
2. Show off your boobs and/or bare shoulders.
Princesses . . .
4. Perfect a “come hither” look.
5. Do weird and unnatural things with your arms.
If you haven’t signed it yet, please sign the petition from A Mighty Girl to keep Merida (from Brave) from looking like a VS model. A few days ago, Disney reverted to the original Merida (Yay!) on their princess site. But there’s no guarantees they’ll keep it that way unless they get a lot more signatures.