Recently a lot of my posts have been about beauty, or rather challenging you to reconsider what is, or makes someone beautiful. Well here comes another one.
Most people grew up with Disney princess’ as an image we looked up to. They were graceful, dainty and feminine- everything we wanted to grow up to be. My beautiful, petite, afghan friend Fayrosa told me that as a child she was convinced she would grow up to be an ivory skinned, leggy, red head like Ariel. She didn’t (in my opinion she grew up to be much better than any princess). When I was little there was not a black princess, so I spent dress-up time and Halloween as Pocahontas or Jasmine. I even walked in on my older brother and his friends in their early teens discussing which princess was the hottest. Long story short- when it comes to Disney Princess’ most people don’t doubt their beauty, they admire and strive for it.
Needless to say, nobody looks like a Disney princess. Okay yes, we all have that one friend that looks a lot like one. But in reality none of us have their perfect hair, blemish free face and perfect hour-glass body. We’re human, not cartoon.
What if I were to show them to you in a different light? Would you think of them as any less beautiful?
In recent news an Italian artist named Alexsandro Palombo addresses this issue by re-imagining these characters in a new light. He attempts to breakdown stereotypes of beauty by depicting the princess’ as physically disabled. He challenges what the ‘perfect’ women is.
Check out this article, and think about what you consider beautiful!