Breaking Princessgate News: Disney's Sexed-Up 'Brave' Merida Is Out!

After a parent protest, the original Merida from 'Brave' is back. Woo hoo!

After Disney debuted a thinner, glammed-up version of Merida, the princess from Brave, ahead of her official coronation as a Disney princess, more than 200,000 parents protested with a petition on

What many moms and dads loved about Merida is that her defining character trait wasn't her beauty but her independence and daring -- and it seems like Disney has heard them. Now, according to Jezebel, Disney has quietly removed the new Merida from the Disney Princess website and replaced her with the version we already know and love from movie.

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."

If this is an official change, we also love that Disney listened to parents and wasn't afraid to own up to a mistake -- an important lesson for all kids to learn. So long live the brave -- and de-babed -- Merida!

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

Connect with Us
Follow Our Pins

Yummy recipes, DIY projects, home decor, fashion and more curated by iVillage staffers.

Follow Our Tweets

The very dirty truth about fashion internships... DUN DUN @srslytheshow

On Instagram

Behind-the-scenes pics from iVillage.

Best of the Web