I won’t lie to you; I feel as though Disney princesses have a bad rep. I’ve heard so many people talk about how they’re enforcing stereotypes to young girls and, even though this is true to some extent, I’ve found many people overlooking exactly what Disney Princesses stand for.
When I was younger, I often found solace in watching Disney movies and I found myself learning a lot about my own identity. I couldn’t help but idolise these women and wonder what it would be like to be locked in a tower, kidnapped or enslaved, poisoned or being woken up by true loves kiss. (I was a strange kid – I know). However, as I grew older, it was not the damsel in distress side I looked up to – it took some time to get my head around the fact that no-one wished to lock me up because I had magical powers, force me to be their servant because they were jealous of me and definitely no-one who wished to be my true-loves-kiss. I began to look up to and idolise the true meaning of Disney Princesses and the females in the Disney franchise themselves. I have selected six of the most fearless females in the Disney franchise who were my idols, style gurus, sisters and friends for the younger years of my life.
Belle is commonly given a bad reputation due to the Stockholm Syndrome elements and the somewhat bestiality vibes given off. However, if we gloss over that for just a while, you will realise Belle influenced me and taught me so many things I do to this day. She taught me being different from others is okay, it’s okay to read, to never let go of my morals, never give up, stand my ground and not be afraid to stand up to bullies and that every rose has it’s thorns. She also loves yellow like yours truly, so you know she’s an icon.
Mulan is the one princess I don’t think you can chat sh*t about. She saved China while going against gender stereotypes, teaching me to never give up, always be myself, how to push my limits and showed me how to be both physically and mentally strong. She also taught me that I can do everything (and more) a man can do, and that the length of your hair doesn’t determine your gender (article explaining this is coming soon)
Megara may not be a true Disney princess, but she is the most badass “Damsel in distress” you’ll ever meet. She taught me that I shouldn’t stand for anyone’s crap, that I can help myself and a man doesn’t need to help me. She taught me how to pick myself up again time and time again without anyone there. She also taught me hair is a powerful weapon to use wisely.
Jasmine taught me to never be ashamed of my own body. Some may hate on what she wore but honestly, we all need that body confidence in our lives. She showed me that I’m not a prize to be won, but instead a human being. She showed me how to smash the patriarchy on a daily basis and to value freedom, equality and never to discriminate. Most of all she taught me that it’s okay to have darker skin, it doesn’t make you any less beautiful. (Blog article about this also coming soon.)
Rapunzel wins the battle for best prince. But she hasn’t just taught me to fall in love with a sarcastic, sassy, fearless man, she also taught me so much more. There’s nothing wrong with having a dream that you wish will come true, creativity is a magical thing. Also, she showed me that a frying pan is a damn good weapon.
Giselle isn’t the most mainstream princess, but she is perfect all the same. Her growth and character development throughout the film is definitely one to be applauded on and she is insanely strong and talented.
That’s all I’ve got for you I’m afraid! I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and feel free to comment your favourite females in Disney movies!
xo baby, Tati xoxo