Well, we’ve got some good news, and some bad news. The good news is that Brave heroine Merida officially joined the ranks of 10 other Disney princesses over the weekend! The bad news? They gave her a super glamorous make over that has upset a lot of people.
If you haven’t seen it, Brave centers on Merida who is fiercely independent, and doesn’t need help from a male suitor to figure out her problems. Many were delighted to see a character who was such a powerful role model for young girls, and showed that you don’t need a Prince Charming to rescue you.
However, her princess induction came with a makeover that included a slimmer waist, sparkly new duds, a tamed down mane, and an overall more girly look. We can see why they would do this from a marketing standpoint — little girls love glam princesses — but it’s rather upsetting that they didn’t just leave Merida as is.
In fact, female empowerment website A Mighty Girl launched a petition on Change.org to keep Merida as is, and has gained almost 125,000 signatures. Below, you can read an excerpt as to why they thing the make over was such a poor decision.
“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 her make over? Is it justified? Or should they have just left Merida’s look alone? Share your thoughts in the comments section, and vote in the poll below!