I wasn’t going to do my plus-size princess week. When I came up with the idea I thought it would be so fun because I grew up watching these movies. But I got nervous. Not because I didn’t know if I could pull off the looks, which is my usual fear when trying something new, I was more nervous about the backlash I feel Disney princesses have gotten in recent years.
There are so many memes and post giving these women bad raps. And maybe there is some sort of female oppression in the stories. I honestly haven’t ever really looked too deeply into because I want to continue to remember these movies positively. They brought me joy and happiness and gave me songs I still sing to this day.
And I get it, we want girls to feel strong. We don’t want them to feel like they need a man in order to get out of rough situations. We don’t want them to be so focused on growing up to be a princess, they forget they could be a CEO.
And I agree with those things. I think it’s past time for us to encourage girls to be more than just a pretty face in a pretty dress. But I don’t think it’s wrong to let them be that type of woman if they so choose. I feel like, for me at least, the lesson I got from these princesses is they got what they wanted and sometimes needed, even with obstacles at every turn. And that’s not a bad thing to grow up learning.
Sure some (most) ended up being saved by their prince, but let’s not forget that Mulan saved Chen. Belle saved the Beast. Elsa saved her sister. Pocahontas saved John Smith. I could keep going.
And even the ones who were saved by the prince taught us different lessons. Snow White taught us to be kind. Cinderella taught us patience and perseverance. Tianna taught us to chase our dreams. Merida taught us to be brave and she taught us how to save tumultuous mother/daughter relationships There are moments of strength from all of these women that we shouldn’t overlook.
And besides, I am a firm believer that you can be a bad ass in a kick ass dress. You can be both.