Disney princesses tend to have the same body type. Though these princesses may possess strong and commendable qualities of character, their bodies reflect the cookie-cutter image of a willowy and slim figure. What kind of message does that send to young girls who adore the Disney princess franchise? The Disney princess franchise lacks diversity in both body type and race. Jewel, a teenager from Virginia, found the Disney princess line to be a little disconcerting as well. She created a petition with Change.org, that implores Disney to create princesses with curvaceous body types.
Jezebel has an excerpt from the petition that explains Jewel’s inspiration for creating the petition:
“It’s extremely difficult to find a positive representation of plus-size females in the media. If Disney could make a plus-size female protagonist who was as bright, amazing, and memorable as their others, it would do a world of good for those plus-size girls out there who are bombarded with images that make them feel ugly for not fitting the skinny standard.”
Ursula from The Little Mermaid, and Lilo’s sister Nani from Lilo & Stitch, are about the only two plus-size Disney characters I can recall. This is not acceptable. Jewel is taking the right step by being proactive so that younger girls may see a variety of representation in the movies they love. We do not all look the same, so why should Disney princesses?