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Anatomy of a Disney Princess

05 Jun

Emily S. and Lauren C. posted a while back about the makeover of Disney’s princesses, and I just came across this interesting article from one of my new favorite sites, Refinery29. It’s titled, The Disturbing Anatomy of a Disney Princess, and written by Lexi Nisita. Accompanied with this article was a very interesting visual:

thingThis reminded me of our discussion from class about Barbie and the presenting group’s post on the ways in which the anatomy of Barbie is completely unrealistic and is not humanly possible–with this Disney analysis being called “firmly anchored in fantasy land.”

What do you guys think? Check out the article, because there is another great visual by the artist who explored this idea. They created their own Disney Princess with a more “relatable” anatomy, showing that even when the character is still a cartoon, it can still represent reality.

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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “Anatomy of a Disney Princess

  1. mollyburness

    June 6, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Wow, I just love this! This healthy body image promotion makes me wonder what the difference is between promoting a wider range of body types versus a wider range of races. Is it just as difficult to sell a Disney Princess with a BMI above 12 as it is to sell a Disney Princess with black skin? Both are atypical for Disney Princesses, but both are realistic and look more like many of their fans than the skinny white princesses.

    One idea is that the difference between the classic princess and the fuller-body princess is more subtle than the difference between the classic princess and the black princess. Perhaps Disney fans would be more receptive to the fuller-body princess because they would have to adjust to the change less than if the princess were black. Don’t get me wrong– of course I want fans to love a black Disney princess. I’m just trying to think realistically about how to best implement changes in the fans’ rigid expectations. What do you think? Is one type of change generally more feasible than another, or is adoption of a change in the classic Disney Princess too subjective to each fan’s particular biases?

     
  2. mollyburness

    June 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Hey y’all. I’m rereading the comment I made last night and feel kind of uncomfortable about I wrote. It wasn’t very thoughtful or respectful, so here’s take two:
    Wow, I just love this! This healthy body image promotion makes me wonder what the difference is between promoting a wider range of body types versus a wider range of races. Is it just as difficult to sell a Disney Princess with a BMI above 12 as it is to sell a Disney Princess with black skin? Both are atypical for Disney Princesses, but both are realistic and look more like many of their fans than the skinny white ones. What do you think? One way to change the fans’ rigid expectations could be to do so in small steps. For example, instead of marketing a princess that wears a size L, start with one that wears a S, then M, and finally L. Or instead of marketing a princess with dark brown skin, start with one that has lighter skin and then transition to one with darker skin. While this idea acknowledges and conforms to body image norms and colorism respectively, I wonder if it can ultimately counter this flawed structure by initially playing by its rules.

     

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