Jewel Moore, a 17-year-old junior from Farmville, Virginia started a petition on her change.org page asking Disney to create an interesting female character who isn’t stick-thin. Essentially she wants Disney to make a plus size princess rather than the standard blonde hair, blue-eyed unrealistically drawn feminine ideal. What she didn’t expect was that she would actually become one!
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 and need a positivie plus-size character in the media.
Studies show that a child’s confidence correlates greatly with how much representation they have in the media. 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.
There have been mixed reactions to this petition calling a plus size Disney princess. A lot of parents are actively rejecting the idea of an ‘overweight’ princess saying that too is an unhealthy ideal. Maybe rather than calling for a ‘plus size’ princess people would be happier if she was curvy?
One man has given the best response ever by drawing Jewel as a Disney princess. Here’s the amazing video of Andrei Terbea‘s response to Jewel’s petition and him drawing her as a Disney princess from scratch. His commentary is as fantastic as his drawing.
What are your thoughts on Disney creating a plus size princess?
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