In the Spirit of Reviving “The Wholesome Princess”

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One of my most vivid pre-pubescent memories is of my mother’s horrified face when I’d rap every vulgar word in Usher and Ludacris’ “Yeah” on the way to and from school. Now, my old age (23 is feeling more elderly than ever) has brought me to the realization that, even without Luda’s fame, this is a scary world for children and tweens alike. Everything from Justin Beiber lyrics to Pixar princesses (well hello, sexpot version of Brave heroine…) now teeters on the line between wholesome and inappropriate.

Apparently I’m not the only one who’s noticing. According to Women You Should Know, acclaimed writer and illustrator David Trumble took it upon himself to create his own satirical versions of Disney princesses, this time with real-life heroines and role models, as the prototypes for Disney’s new “World of Women” collection.

Created to exemplify how silly it is to mold women into one small-waisted and silky-haired “princess” image, the lineup of tough-as-nails females includes Rosa Parks, Anne Frank, Marie Curie and lots of other badass babes ranging from Hilary Clinton to Jane Goodall. The real clincher is the way that Trumble cinched each woman’s waist, enhanced each chest and added strategically placed glimmers of light to every ensemble. Says Trumble to WYSK, “I wanted to analyze how unnecessary it is to collapse a heroine into one specific mold, to give them all the same sparkly fashion, the same tiny figures, and the same homogenized plastic smile.” Fair point well made, DT.

Here’s to hoping his characters hit the Disney big-screen, minus the glam, by the time a daughter comes into my life (don’t worry David, you’ve got plenty of time). Or, if nothing else, at least maybe Bratz Dolls will be off the market by then…

Posted by Mary

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