Why we should all idolise a Disney princess (or seven, in my case)
I wish I was a Disney princess! I’m off to Disneyland Paris on Monday with the family. Did you know? Had I said? Needless to say, I am very excited about this. Like a lot of people my age, Disney is a lifestyle choice. It’s my slice of escapism. Whether it be a movie or a TV show, Disney never fails to sort me out.
As you know, I’m all about girl power. Whether it’s a “girl gang”, “Slaybabies” (thanks, Cara), or my main girls, female empowerment is something that I am passionate about and believe in whole-heartedly. Look closely at the Disney princesses. Gone are the days of waiting for a prince to come and kiss you. Female protagonists in Disney films are fierce and fabulous. They teach women and girls, young and old, how to own their lives and embrace differences.
This post is about some of my favourite Disney girl bosses, and how the kick serious arse!
The outspoken princess: Pocahontas
Pocahontas was “just” a girl, who made people listen to her. She had integrity and serious attitude. She worked on what she wanted, overcame any obstacles and saved the day!
The sacrificial princess: Ariel
The hair. The obsession with gizmos. The way she will sacrifice her ability to speak to get something that she desperately wants. I struggled with life when I lost my voice to laryngitis; I don’t think I’d cope if a sea-witch took it from me indefinitely. And she’s friends with Sebastian and Flounder, which shows she’s not afraid to hang about with the odd-bods!
The socially conscious princess: Jasmine
Jasmine. What can I say? She doesn’t listen to her advisors and falls in love with a “street rat”. Social classes are irrelevant to her and she’s not swayed by cash. Well done, honey, you’re inspiring!
The independent princess: Elsa
Else isn’t bothered about being alone if it means she doesn’t have to pretend to be someone that she isn’t. However, she accepts love and kindness from her sister, which is ultimately the way she saves the town from some serious shit. Who cares about waiting for a man to save you? Strong girls can save themselves!
The determined princess: Moana
Moana knows that she’ll be in charge some day, but she’s not willing to wait until then to get life back to normal for her people. I love how Moana follows her gut and goes for it. And she can put up with Maui, and egotistical “demigod” who loves himself. Power to her for this!
The girlboss princess: Tiana
Tiana knows what she wants and she goes for it. She works hard, saves her money and buys herself her dream. Tiana doesn’t wait for someone to save her ass, or to hand her all of her goals on a plate. It’s simple- she hustles and works hard! All little girls should look to Tiana as a role model! I’m 31 and I do!
The headstrong princess (AKA the most incredible female character around): Belle
Goodness me, Belle is a treat! She’s always been my favourite. I think it’s the books. I could seriously write about Belle’s girl power for hours, but I won’t. She saves her father, falls in love regardless of appearance and stands up to a bully. Oh, and thank god that she never falls for the charms of that Gaston! I really wish I could do Belle’s quizzical brow too!