Woman Claims Reimagined 'Realistic Proportion' Disney Princesses Make Skinny Girls Feel Bad


Ashleigh Beevers Art

When it comes to diversity, Disney princesses are kind of lacking, especially when it comes to body representation. Pretty much all of the princesses have thin bodies that many now consider to be pretty unrealistic. In reaction to this, Australian artist Ashleigh Beevers created reimagined Disney princesses with curvier, more realistic proportions -- unfortunately, not everyone understood why this work is crucial.

  • The images are meant to empower those who don't have the thin bodies boasted by the original versions of the princesses.

    "I really just want all women to love how they look, so we can make each other feel happier and look after ourselves," she told Revelist in December when the images first came out.

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  • But one woman recently went on a now-viral rant about how the images are harmful to skinny girls, proving that she totally missed the point of the reimaginings -- and body positivity, at that.

    The point of those images are to show both sides of the coin, so the woman's argument (which was posted on Imgur) is kind of moot. In the mainstream media -- i.e., Disney princess movies -- a lack of body diversity makes people who don't have those shown bodies feel unworthy and less than beautiful. Due to that, being skinny is a privilege in this society.

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    Beevers's artwork proves how necessary it is to have princesses with other kinds of body types, so that no one is left feeling marginalized. 

  • In the comments, some people shut the woman down, saying that there are lots of ways that being skinny is glorified in society.

    "All I can say is that I've been skinny my whole f-cking life and I've never felt threatened, insulted, or insecure because of my size," someone wrote on Imgur. "And I have no problem with larger women wanting positive recognition." 

  • But some people argued that Beevers's artwork still showed unrealistic expectations for women, based on the fact that all of the new princesses had tiny waists and large hips.

    That may be so, but it's a step in the right direction toward more body diversity among Disney princesses -- and that's what matters. 

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