The Passionate, redhead Merida gets a makeover for her royal crowning.
The pages of magazines, magazines that frequently indulge in a spot of air brushing to the beautiful characters of Disney’s animated films and a character that is being celebrated for being anything but hair brushed. On 11th May Disney indulged Merida, the heroine of the hit movie Brave, into the content of Disney princesses making her the 11th inniscarra. And the independent, redhead character has also found a spot in the hearts of many parents of kids who watched the film all because she portrait a realistic, ambitious young woman who wasn’t searching for prince charming. But that can all be turned on his head because the old Merida is Merida no more, the character was given the traditional Disney makeover just in time for her royal induction, featuring of course a slim waste and dull eyes. That has turned into a campaign, a petition was started in hope of having Merida’s appearance restored to he original and possible imperfect self.
The petition states that “By making her skinnier, sexier, and mature in appearance you are sending a massage to girls that the original realistic, teenage appear version of Merida is inferior of women and girls who have value to be recognized as true princesses, they must conform to a narrow definition of beauty“. The petition has over 100 000 supporters.
“Brave” has quickly become one of parents’ and kids’ favourite movie. A lot of people criticize the messages that the production studio sends to young girls with their films about skinny, good looking girls always looking for the perfect Prince Charming to come and rescue them. A fresh and new character character like everyone’s favourite redhead – Merida was considered a step in the right direction for the studio.
Merida was the princess everyone was waiting for — a confident and strong, self-rescuing young girl always ready for adventures with her bow at the ready. The only princess who looked like a real, imperfect girl, an empowering role model who speaks to girls’ capacity to be change agents in the world rather than just trophies to be admired.
Brenda Chapman, the first woman to direct a Pixar film, has spoken about decision to redesign Merida for her royal crowning. “There is an irresponsibility to this decision that is appalling for women and young girls… I forget that Disney’s goal is to make money without concern for integrity. Silly me.” Strong, but true words. Her effort to offer a different kind of princess was appreciated by both mothers and daughters. Instead of focusing on being a princess, she wanted to show them what is to be strong and brave girl, fighting for her believes.