Disney Princessgate: Merida's Controversial Makeover Is Now a Movement

Merida's controversial princess makeover now has a Change.org petition demanding that Disney keep her original look.

Merida of the animated film Brave wasn't like the other Disney princesses. She didn't end up with her prince, or even really concern herself with princes at all. In fact, she wasn't really down with the princess gig, and spends the entire film railing against expectations of what a lady should be. In the end, the relationship that's most important to her is the one she shares with her mother.

That's why it's so disappointing that a glammed-up Merida has been introduced as she becomes an official Disney princess. The new Merida is thinner, curvier, sans bow and arrow -- and fans of the original, more realistic Merida are up in arms. They're calling on Disney to return Merida's old look with a petition on Change.org, which already has almost 200,000 signatures. Read the petition:

"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."

What do you think of the new Merida? Will you sign the petition?

Mom of two Sasha Emmons is a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter and Google +.  

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