Let me tell you something about the Disney Princesses. There are 13 of them, plus a Polynesian one (Moana) coming in 2018 and possibly another one before her in 2016 (Giants). But, over the years, there have been criticisms that the oldest ones are bad role models because all they do is do nothing and wait for the princes to come save them because they’re beautiful. Basically, if you don’t carry a weapon or have magical powers, and don’t do stuff like Elsa, Merida, and Mulan or don’t do something huge like Pocahontas and not be bad asses like them, you are a terrible role model to little girls. Well, guess what? With the exception of Aurora, the rest of the older Disney Princesses are bad asses just like the newer 5. (I’m not going to explain Ariel because we all know that she’s progressive)
- Snow White: All of her life, she does nothing, but doing chores. Her parents are dead, so her hateful, jealous stepmother makes her do stuff to make her feel worthless. Well, guess what? Snow White doesn’t care. She gets through her suffering with her optimism and friendships with her animal friends. Why do they like her? Not because of her beauty, but because of her sweet and compassionate nature. Heck, the Huntsman doesn’t kill her because she’s so nice. When her animal friends direct her to the Seven Dwarfs’ house, she cleans up their filthy home and bake them pies because she’s so charitable. And when the Seven Dwarfs discover her, they let her stay. Why did all of that happen? Because of her kindness! And when the Evil Queen comes to her as a hag, she’s scared of her and senses that something’s wrong. But, guess what? She doesn’t care that the hag is creepy. She cared about the hag and served her out of mercy and compassionate, even though she almost died because of it. As a bonus: When the Seven Dwarfs refuse to wash their hands, she MAKES them wash their hands. Don’t screw with Snow White.
- Cinderella: The main target of the Princesses being bad role models. Just like Snow White, her parents died when she was a girl, so her abusive family made her the servant. Every single day pretty much 24/7, they give poor Cinderella chores. And in the process, they mentally abuse her. Does Cinderella complain? Yes. Does she fight? Sometimes. But, she deals with their crap with grace, patience and goodness. She works hard, but she still dreams of a better life. And what happens? She’s rewarded by her fairy godmother because of her hard work and kindness. And the best example of her bad assness is Cinderella 3. In it, the Stepmother steals the Fairy Godmother’s wand and ruins Cinderella’s happily ever after. But, does Cinderella sits around and cries, like everyone thinks she does? Oh, heck no! She goes out and tries to get things back. Heck, when the cat, Lucifier (as a human) tries to kill her, she fights back and saves Jaq and Gus. And the best of all, she befriends one of her stepsisters! Because Anastasia finally gets her good personality and bravery. And when the Stepmother tries to turn Anastasia to a frog in the climax, Cinderella saves her, even though Anastasia has abused her all of her life.
- Belle: Biggest badass of them all. First of all, she’s the most beautiful girl in her village, but she stands out the most because she likes to read and dreams of a life of adventure. Because of this, everyone thinks she’s really weird that she’s a reader and that she dreams of a better life. Does Belle care? No, not really. And when the town jackass Gaston, whom ALL of the girls want, wants Belle because of her beauty, does she swoon because he’s the town hottie? Heck no, She’s smart enough to know that he’s despicable. Most importantly, her father gets held captive by a Beast, what does she do? Tries to find her father. And when she discovers that the captor is a terrifying Beast, what else does she do? Takes his freaking place. I repeat: She decides ALL OF HER OWN TO STAY WITH A HORRIFYING MONSTER FOR THE LOVE OF HER FATHER. Would you have the courage to do that? NO! Throughout the movie, Belle learns that the Beast is actually sweet because she treats him with much as patience, compassionate and love, as she could. Finally, when Gaston threatens to put her father in an asylum unless she marries him, she doesn’t take any of that. She exposes Gaston as what really he is: A MONSTER. Belle, ladies and gentlemen!
- Jasmine: She is really a underrated princess. Yes, Jasmine complains, but she does it for a reason. As a female from her time, she is supposed to do nothing, but listen to what her father tells her. Which is to marry a random prince. But, guess what? Jasmine doesn’t want to do that. She wants to marry a guy who loves her for who she is, not what she is. Moreover, she wants freedom and to make her own decision. So, what does she do? Chases away her snotty suitors, who want her only because of her beauty and status and tries to run away from home to live a life that she wants to live. Eventually, she’s caught and is returned home, but meets a guy who loves her for who she is. And teaches him about honesty and being yourself. And finally, when Jafar wants to make her his queen because again of her beauty and status, she doesn’t take any of it. She throws wine in his face. And she actually uses her sexuality on Jafar to save her love and her kingdom. And at the end, she gets her “prince” and freedom because she stuck to her guns about who she is and what she actually needed in life: Freedom and Independence.
So, are these 4 “lazy, boring” princesses good role models? Heck yes. But, do their beauty help them get their happily ever after. Well, yes. But, what really saved them are their courage and their tender, beautiful personalities.
BONUS (Only a couple of picks):
- Jessica Rabbit: The whole point of her design is not to judge her or want her because of her sexy look (“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”) And above all, she’s not evil or a slut. She’s actually a good, compassionate woman who marries a RABBIT because he loves her for who she is. Not for her sex appeal. And she marries him for who he is: A sweetheart. Plus, not to be hypocritical or go against the point of this post, she shoots guns, so either way, she’s badass. ;)
- Meg: Just like Belle, she sells her soul to save a loved one. Literally. After her boyfriend died, she agreed to work for Hades, a HORRIBLE, evil god (who’s the villain, unlike the Beast) for eternity to save her beloved boyfriend. To agree to be a prisoner is one thing, but to sell your soul? Dang. And even when her boyfriend LEAVES her with the villain, she still hangs in there until Hercules rescues her. Not to mention, at the end, she gives her life for him by saving him from a column.
- Kida: Long story short. She was wiling to give her life for her people. In which, she almost does. And at the end, she becomes the QUEEN of her kingdom. (Really the first Disney princess to become queen!)
- Nani: How could I leave her out? Let me change it: Belle is the biggest badass Disney Princess. Nani IS the biggest badass in Disney history. Why? Well, her situation is actually a real-life problem. Her parents were killed in a car accident, leaving her alone with her little sister, Lilo. Does she give up and be miserable? Heck no! Not only does she try to take care of Lilo 24/7, but she tries to find jobs to work for Lilo. Everything she does is for her little sister. And when Cobra threatens to take Lilo away from Nani, she FIGHTS. And the best part? Nani is FREAKING NINETEEN! She would be in college, hanging and partying with her friends, studying to reach her dreams, and just being a teen? But, guess what? Out of love, she’s giving that up to take care of Lilo. You go, Nani!
- Vanellope: Finally, this cutie-patootity! She’s an actual princess, but we’ll get that to a second. First, she’s a glitch. Because of it, everyone hates her. They make fun of her, destroy her, throw her into dungeons, just make her life a living hell. They bash her and try to take away her dream and EVERYTHING. But, Vanellope doesn’t give a fudge. She TRIES and TRIES again to follow her dream and defying her glitch. And guess what? Her hard work pays off. And to top it all off, she finds out that she’s the actual princess of Sugar Rush. But, you know what? She’s like, “Fudge being a girly princess. I’m going to be the President.” And guess what? She does. And Vanellope learns to embrace her glitch and makes something good out of it. Despite her age and immaturity, she is a great role model to kids!
So, any questions or arguments on how these badasses (the 4 Disney Princesses) are terrible role models?