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Hot Topic Tuesday: Should Disney Make a Plus-Sized Princess?

Written on February 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm , by

Should there be a new Disney princess? (Photo by Peter Ardito)

Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern

Take a moment and think back to when you were a little girl watching your favorite Disney princess movie. You idolized everything about Cinderella,Belle or Snow White – from the color of her hair down to the sound of her melodic voice, we bet we weren’t the only ones who wanted to embody the princess in every way possible. But what if you were that child who couldn’t quite find her perfect princess role model? One who didn’t quite look like any of the childhood heroines? Walt Disney Pictures moved to solve this problem in 2009 when it unveiled Tiana, its first African-American princess character in The Princess and the Frog fairytale, and again in 2012 with red-headed tomboy Merida in Brave. But that wasn’t enough. Now, 17-year-old Jewel Moore is asking for a princess of her own size.

A high school junior from Farmville, Virginia, Moore posted a petition on Change.org on January 24 requesting that Walt Disney Animation Studios create a plus-size princess. “I made this petition because I’m a plus-size young woman, and I know many plus-size girls and women who struggle with confidence,” says Moore. “Disney films are highly influential, and they impact the lives of many children, especially girls. It would be revolutionary for Disney to show support to a group of girls who are otherwise bullied by the media. It would make many young girls feel confident and worthy to see a strong character that looks like them.”

Her petition has received more than 18,000 signatures in its first week, and it’s inspired others to create similar campaigns. For others, though, it ignited a backlash of petitions for Disney to not feature plus-sized princesses in its future animated films. Why? Perhaps it’s too close to promoting childhood obesity, or it feeds into the idea of complacency regarding obesity in America. Regardless, this young woman’s goal of helping other girls realize that every body is beautiful and giving them a figure to look up for a boost of self-confidence is nothing shy of empowering. Strength is beautiful because it can take on so many different forms. Moore’s courage makes her strong on the inside, but her actions make it clearly visible for the rest of us to see.

But what do you think? Should Disney start working on their next princess debut? Or do you think that would be the first step down the wrong road? Sound off in the comments below.

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  • malibustaccey

    Personally I think an average looking princess would be more ideal but promoting something that’s unhealthy is telling girls its okay to be that way when really its unhealthy

  • Patricia Edith Ramirez Guzman

    I was an over weight little girl and my Disney Princess was and is Snow White ..So I was motivated to loose weight and look like her and I did not got to the extreme of anorexia just ate healthy and exercised…Maybe a Candy Land Princess that is overweight that is head over heals of Veggie Prince and makes healthy changes for her land “~.~” “Dreams and goals do come true if we Beleive”

  • Melissa Molfetas

    What do we mean when we say “plus-size”? Size 8 models and actresses are sometimes placed in this category (which is abominable). Realistic proportions would be a nice start. Then again, the whole concept of a Disney “princess” is ridiculous and demoralizing to young girls in the first place. A truly revolutionary petition would ask parents to introduce kids to real role models and raise them in reality instead of relying on Disney to babysit/socialize/educate.

  • dulcelovely122

    I honestly don’t agree its just showing little girls its okay to be over weight. Its not good for their health but they may not crazy until years later when they find out they have all kinds of diseases, heart problems and such. How about making a princess that inspires them and to believe in their selfs.

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  • mae

    just because a large part of the population has unhealthy habits, doesn’t mean we should glorify that lifestyle. Acceptance, yes, but promotion – no. The Biggest Loser is a hit because people agree it’s good to get in shape. So, how about promoting healthy images, not unhealthy ones – average size – yes… Should we make a princess that smokes too, just to show support for smokers? It’s not something to promote.

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  • Teresa

    I’m totally in support of this, as long as it is about a princess who then learns about healthy foods and activities and then blossoms into a new fit version of herself.

  • hollie

    Okay I understand the outrage, worrying its promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. But; I myself am plus size and spent a long time hating myself, Seriously hating myself because barbie and bratz dolls looked skinny and petite and disney princesses were beautiful and always got there prince. I think that its sad because even in disney cinderella the mean people are ugly, therefore brainwashing children that ugly means bad inside!! Also I’d like to point out that plus size doesn’t always mean unhealthy I may be plus size but I’m very tall and am naturally curvey (big breasted and hipped) I know lots of beautiful women who are plus size and very healthy they’re just bigger (amazonian almost) and I think teaching kids to judge people based on inside not outside and to accept people regardless would be very positive!! Plus what about the princes? I grew up hating that I’m tall and broad because of this image portrayed that your prince has to be taller and broader than you? In fact I think they should make a lesbian princess too!!
    Basically we should be teaching our children not to stereotype! Why cant a princess be pretty,plus size, intellegent and a lesbian? Well… I guess thats just a dream!

  • annie

    should soooo not happen.
    promote obesity
    over eating
    its okay to being, beauty and stuff yourself.
    any fairy-tales that can actually show this not really.
    Disney your doing a great job!! keep it up!!