Disney Owes Our Kids a Kick-Ass Plus-Size Princess -- & This Blogger's Story Is Proof

It's not a huge secret that Disney has had some issues with diversity in the past. Recently, they've been making moves to include more princesses of color to their cast (hi, Moana! We can't wait to meet you!), and that's a giant step in the right direction. But self-identified plus-size blogger Loey Lane explains why Disney needs to consider body diversity, too -- racial diversity is absolutely essential, but we can't stop there. And we gotta say: We're with Loey on this one.

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With the exception of Moana and maaaybe Merida from Brave, all of the Disney princesses have biologically improbable waists that you'd be hard-pressed to find on one teenager, let alone 10 in a row.

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So we think Loey is onto something:

Loey originally pitched the idea on her YouTube channel in March when she modeled a Ariel-inspired bikini and talked about how the Disney character with the body most like hers was Ursula from The Little Mermaid. She said that if she had known a well-loved and self-confident princess who looked like her (instead of a villain) in the media growing up, she could have learned to love her body sooner.

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Loey's pitch started a conversation in the Facebook comments about whether or not it's Disney's responsibility to teach girls self-love, or if that's on parents. It's an interesting question, but we think the answer is both -- while parents should be ingraining those values from the beginning, the media has to reinforce the lessons that are being taught. And since Disney movies probably make up the majority of young girls' media consumption, this is on them, at least a little.

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The way we see it, a normally sized Disney princess wouldn't be "glamorizing obesity" or "promoting unhealthy habits," which seem to be the main reasons people aren't on board with the idea. She'd be reflecting the norm in America while teaching girls that the way they look doesn't have to get in the way of loving themselves or getting love from others. Or from being a hero. Or from being celebrated.

As Loey explains, those are things girls need to hear. They're things all girls -- no matter their weight or health or skin color or range of abilities -- deserve to hear. We'll support anything and everything that gets that message across ... especially if it involves more Disney princesses.

 

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