Disney Princess Makeover
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|Mon, 05-13-2013 - 12:45pm|
Brenda Chapman, director of "Brave" prior to being replaced during production, doesn't like how Disney has redesigned the film's main character Merida to better fit its line of princesses.
"I think it's atrocious what they have done to Merida," she wrote to her local newspaper, the Marin Independent Journal. "When little girls say they like it because it's more sparkly, that's all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy 'come hither' look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It's horrible!"
"Merida was created to break that mold -- to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance," Chapman explained.
The new look of Merida has been criticized since being announced as being the 11th princess to join Disney's character line. The character, seen here, eliminates the bow and arrow wielded Merida in the film and makes alterations to the dress. One Jezebel writer noted that the heroine was given a "pretty pretty princess makeover."
What do you think of the makeover? Does it do a disservice to the children empowered by Merida? Should Disney rethink the princess makeover?