Last week Disney decided it was time to add a new princess to their pantheon of tiara wearing beauties. Merida from Brave, who up until this point was considered the first frizzy haired, arrow slingin', don't need a man, and generally bad-ass Disney maven will be the 11th to join the club.
First thought: AWESOME! She's super cool and a great role model. Second thought: why did they make her waist smaller, her eyes bigger, and her hair more sleek and glam?
In a petition that has already gotten over 200k signatures, people are calling for Disney to change her back to the original look.
An excerpt from Change.org:
"The redesign of Merida in advance of her official induction to the Disney Princess collection does a tremendous disservice to the millions of children for whom Merida is an empowering role model who speaks to girls' capacity to be change agents in the world rather than just trophies to be admired. Moreover, by making her skinnier, sexier and more mature in appearance, you are sending a message to girls that the original, realistic, teenage-appearing version of Merida is inferior; that for girls and women to have value -- to be recognized as true princesses -- they must conform to a narrow definition of beauty."
Little girls everywhere are surrounded constantly by images tailor made to make them feel inferior. A brave lady like Merida is supposed to be their go-to gal! It's 2013 you guys! Why is this even a thing? I found this image on Huffington Post of a Lego ad from 1981 which kind of sums it up (while also being the most sickeningly cute thing I've seen in a long while.) I want more things like this. We should be teaching our daughters to be creative, smart, confident, and adventurous, NOT glamorous, vein, and self conscious.
UPDATE: Disney has removed the image from their site and replaced it with the old one :)
What do you think? Are you offended by this change? Not a big deal?