Disney has been considered definition of childhood, the epiphany of fantasies and fairytales, and the ability to expand imagination to the end of the universe and back, regardless of age and gender. Disney has been an international influence on children’s hopes and dreams to grow up just like a hero or a princess. In most cases, it all follows the same storyline, the hero must fight the enemy, the enemy loses and the hero becomes a legend. Or the princess faces hardship and an unhealthy lifestyle until a prince sweeps her off her feet. But that was the nineteenth and twentieth century; this is 2015 ladies and gentleman. The tables are turning and the girls are taking over on a completely different level.

Originally, Disney romanticized the idea of growing up and getting everything one may desire but for a good reason: to give hope to the younger generation and make reality a place that is worth living in, and if they work hard enough, good things will come their way.  But in all seriousness, Cinderella got a makeover and swooned Prince Charming by dancing for a few hours. Snow White was sleeping, who knows how the Prince found her. Aurora was sleeping as well, and just wanted to find out who she was and prove she was all grown up at the age of 16- which is understandable considering the time period Sleeping Beauty took place in. And let’s not forget how Ariel thought it was a smart idea to betray her father and make a deal with a witch in order to get a man  to love her, whom she fancied for his looks. But in the end she gets the guy, stays human, and sails away in a ship. So love is for the lucky ones, basically.  

Times are changing; girls are showing a more dominant and independent personalities. We are no longer used to the idea that innocent girls will get a happily ever after just because they are the protagonist. But let’s not forget a legend that did the most heroic decision to save her father and her country, Mulan. And a bonus of marrying the man that pushed her to the limits and in the end, she was able to climb the pole after all.

But these girls are fighting for their own freedom, their own fights, working hard for what they want and in the most humble way possible; no longer are they waiting for Mr. Prince Charming to come to the rescue. These girls are taking charge of their own life and changing the way we see Disney princesses. For one thing, calling the new generation of female protagonists “princesses” would be inappropriate, except for Elsa and Ana from Frozen and Merida from Brave, or Jasmine from Aladdin. But even though their role is of higher class, they refuse to use their status’ define their future, nor let a man decide her their life for them or what love really is.  You go girls.


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