Congrats Disney, Cinderella just opened and I must say it was very good. It exceeded my expectations. The score, set, and casting was great. I absolutely loved the step sisters. Cinderella's dress was beautiful, and every one of Lady Tremaine's costumes amazed me. I know the story was all about being kind to others, even when they are not deserving of it. And that the ending was to leave us feeling all warm and fuzzy because Cinderella finally got her happy ending. But that wasn't the thought that was in my head as I left the theater.
I was still in shock, or at least stunned, at The Dress. No--not the dress, but Cinderella's waist in that dress. It was so tiny, and almost unsettling. I was sure that it had to have been edited or touched up at least. And maybe it was, my research has not been extensive. But, according to BuzzFeed, it was Lily James' waist, but only after liquid diets and a very constricting corset. That's just unhealthy and almost offensive. Why did James have to go through all of that just to fit into a dress?
|Walt Disney Studios/ BuzzFeed/ Loryn Brantz|
Disney! It's 2015 and we are still trying to influence the "perfect body" on young and impressionable girls? Now, I am super excited for the new Latina Princess, Elena, and for the first Polynesian Princess, Moana. You are doing great at adding more diverse princesses, but why must they all have "perfect figures"? I thought we were getting somewhere with Merida, but then Anna and Elsa came along and they were both impossibly "perfect".
Where is the first full figured princess? Or the athletic type princess? Why must they all have tiny waists? Where are the pear shaped princesses? Or tall, lanky princesses? A princess with a straight figure?
If you want the princesses to be more relatable, you should probably mix up the body shapes along with your ethnicities.
Recently, a fellow blogger was featured on Hello Giggles that makes an interesting point. Why do all of your female characters look similar? Are you still attached to a "perfect woman" and continuing modeling your characters after her? Please do not add to the already distorted belief of what the media defines as "beauty". Have some diversity among your female facial features too!
Disney, you know I love you, but you really need to step up your game. Every woman is beautiful in their own unique way. Embrace that!