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Merida's Princess Makeover Sparks Outrage

Disney's Thinner Version of Merida Sparks Outrage


Does your daughter love Merida from Brave for her courage and independence? As Disney prepares to make the plucky teenage heroine into the 11th official princess at a ceremony this Saturday, they've given her what The Huffington Post describes as a controversial "head-to-toe makeover."

With makeup, a more demure expression, a whittled-down waist, a shoulder-baring neckline, and defrizzed curls, the new Merida (pictured on the left) now looks much more like Ariel, Cinderella, and the other princesses in the pantheon, all of whom are known for being pretty rather than brave, as writer Peggy Orenstein notes. Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter, is one of many writers urging other concerned parents to sign a petition asking Disney to leave Merida alone.

Should Disney leave Merida as she is?

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KarenLawrence7186 KarenLawrence7186 2 years
Quiet sad actually. The first one looked nice. Second version looks too thin
Lacey14485190 Lacey14485190 2 years
Omg, get over it. All princesses grow up. This is just ridiculous that everyone is so upset. Do you want your daughter to stay a little girl for ever? No! Didn't YOU grow boobs and start wearing make-up at some point?!?! I'm not saying it was a great idea to change her, I just think everyone getting so upset about it is a waste of energy.
HelenM70198 HelenM70198 2 years
They should ABSOLUTELY have left her alone! The whole point is that she might be royalty, but she is in no way a typical 'princess'. The frizzy curls, the lack of make up and the less than tiny waist make her all the more believable as the rebellious girl we got to know and love. The updated version just isn't believable - she wouldn't go around the countryside fighting for what she knows is right.
SarahDeVries SarahDeVries 2 years
To whomever approves new products in the Disney Princesses line for the consumer marketplace: The widespread outrage over Disney's redesign of Merida for her official debut in the Princesses lineup should be a wake-up call to both creatives and admins. Consumers are ready to buy real characters, not beauty queens. As a mom of four young girls, I am increasingly reluctant to even introduce my girls to existing Disney "princess" movies, so they will not see their glorified-Barbie-doll counterparts (as they are now marketed) as role models. Even the classic Princesses, Cinderella, Ariel, and Belle, were attractive to audiences because of their kindness, independence, and intelligence (respectively). The glamorized versions of these characters currently on display on products worldwide possess none of these qualities. If you want to see your market share increase, take a cue from Dove's Real Beauty campaign, and give consumers a reality-based, true character driven lineup of Disney Princesses.
LaurenLee52936 LaurenLee52936 2 years
ok here is how I feel about this how many people have wasted their time reading this article my self included ? probably way too many .... 2nd.... if the amount of people who petitioned to get her changed back paid any attention to whats going on in the world could sign a petition about something i don't know .... CONSTRUCTIVE ..... the world could maybe be a better place .... i dont know maybe I'm being too optimistic. But at this point ... if someone wants a make over who cares really .. the story didn't change ..... sorry she got a new dress ? i dont see what the deal is
DeniseGiffin DeniseGiffin 2 years
The remake doesn't look like a Disney Princess, it looks like one of those awful pixel dolls that dumb teenage girls put on their various online profiles in the early 2000s.
Iris-Shaimara14934502 Iris-Shaimara14934502 2 years
Ha omg! Heather Williams ur an idiot! Princesses might get their hair done and such bla blah blah but quite honestly if you even know how monarchy works Merida is a princess PERIOD Merida was the princess in the whole movie! If you want ur child thinking that make up and nice hair are the only things that will make her into a more special looking human then so be it, that is your problem and your child's self confidence going down the drain on days she won't have perfect looking hair or make up or clothes. The whole point everyone is protesting is not because of Disney princess is about MERIDA, Merida is supposed to be an icon of natural self confidence, independence and strength NOT mascara, curling irons and corsets to make her body look sexy! She's a frigging teen not an adult! Her body is that of a normal healthy girl not a girl who's doing crunches 20 times a day to get a perfect figure! She's supposed to be looked at, love the way you are naturally, have adventures and fun. Changing her image completely contradicts her image and her message! So before you go around bitching about people, making things a big deal you should probably look at the many girls who suffer because they don't think they look good enough, even though their moms go to heaven and earth to reassure them they are. Sometimes it is not the parents, society has such strong and strict guidelines about how girls should look now a days that sometimes parents voices and praises to their little girls are faint compared to the many louder voices of society, I can tell my daughter she's gorgeous no matter what and she will probably think I just say it cause I'm her mom, she'll do ably listen to what society thinks more than what I think and see in her, not because I failed as a parent but because now a days people are harsh with girls everything is becoming more sexy and provocative even for little girls dolls and cartoons, there's hardly anything anymore showing girls natural beauty, everything we see now speeds our little girls mentality by 2 years, cartoons for 4 year olds now look like if they where for 12 year olds, there's hardly anything age appropriate these days! I think Merida covered every age because her values and strengths where something every girl could relate too, not just the girls girls. It's really sad Disney would think Merida wasn't good enough how he was! Natural. She already had the princess title all they had to do was leave her alone.
BETHGOODMAN10962 BETHGOODMAN10962 2 years
she had risen to fame as herself! frizzy curls & relaxed! free spirited! the things lil girls should look up to! not the standard "princess" leave her be! little girls everywhere feel in love w/th her not bc of her beauty & ability to sing!
Heather14481964 Heather14481964 2 years
This makes me really really sad... I feel like Merida and Rapunzel were making such great strides in not being so sexualized and being empowering role models. This picture looks like a 20 something woman from Celtic Women - not a spunky awkward teenager who's more concerned with her aim than her hair.
NiinaBiina NiinaBiina 2 years
Merida would have a HISSY FIT if she was forced into the new look!! She barely wanted to wear a dress in the film. Why would they change her (considerably and noticeably different) look, just to make her in a princess?? You cannot be considered a "princess" if you looked like the original Merida??? What message are they sending to our little princesses? Ughhh, I'm sick and tired of society and what pressures they put upon self image.. Our daughters look at themselves in the mirror and see a beautiful, smart and brave young woman BUT are then told by society that, what she sees is just an illusion... This is what "beauty, brains and confidence" REALLY looks like... SERIOUSLY???
NiinaBiina NiinaBiina 2 years
Merida would have a HISSY FIT if she was forced into the new look!! She barely wanted to wear a dress in the film. Why would they change her (considerably and noticeably different) look, just to make her in a princess?? You cannot be considered a "princess" if you looked like the original Merida??? What message are they sending to our little princesses? Ughhh, I'm sick and tired of society and what pressures they put upon self image.. Our daughters look at themselves in the mirror and sees a beautiful, smart and brave young woman BUT is then told by society that, what she sees is just an illusion... This is what "beauty, brains and confidence" REALLY looks like... SERIOUSLY???
CharleneShuck CharleneShuck 2 years
Things like this and the actual story meanings and origins are the reason my daughter did not watch any of the "Princess" stories from Disney. They send the wrong message to young girls about their place in our world and what they need to be to fit in.
aprilweber68840 aprilweber68840 2 years
Leave Merida alone - the new one looks ridiculous -this is only going to teach kids that they need to change their appearance - her frizzy red curls normal body type and freckles are what truly make her beautiful! I will refuse to purchase any of her products if this change goes through. I'm sick of this society that is do focused on looks- next thing you know they will makeover Rapunzel and she will lose her larger teeth, awkward movements and larger feet and will not look like a teenager anymore.
LoriSidener LoriSidener 2 years
Apparently you people have nothing else to do but worry about whether or not DIsney changes the look of THEIR character. She does not look that much different, maybe a grown up version of the original. Big deal. Making a mountain out of a mole hill!!!!!!!
HeatherWilliams51705 HeatherWilliams51705 2 years
What do I think about this? RIDICULOUSLY STUPID!! My Princess loves the Disney Princesses..and it has nothing to do with the changes made to them. Everyone knows that when you become a Princess you get your hair done really nice, you put on a little makeup, and wear a fancy & pretty dress. I don't see a problem with it at all!! I think the people that have an issue with this need to take a look at themselves and do something about their own self confidence!!! LEAVE THE DISNEY PRINCESSES ALONE!! DON'T SIGN THE PETITIONS!!!
JoeyandKiera14472221 JoeyandKiera14472221 2 years
This is upsetting!!!! She doesn't even look the same!!!!!!! My four year old loves Brave and what am I suppose to say when she asks me shy she looks different?!
Amanda67820 Amanda67820 2 years
By now, i'm use to stuff like this. I do think that they should just leave her the way she is. Body type wise.
TracyWoodman TracyWoodman 2 years
We would not recognize the new version as the princess. She doesn't even look the same.
DianaHogan DianaHogan 2 years
Either way it doesn't matter...people get way too antsy about this stuff I just don't get it!?!
CarinaCorrow CarinaCorrow 2 years
Leave her alone! She's beautiful and REAL the way she is. The new version looks trashy!
LeticiaVivanco LeticiaVivanco 2 years
Leave her alone! My daughters are already comparing themselves to all of these damn princess' s! They are only 6 & 9!
cheynelamb cheynelamb 2 years
They should definitely leave her alone. Just like they should've left all the other princesses alone!
winter10315 winter10315 2 years
they should leave her just like she is bc its sending little girls the wrong message
Annette6997290 Annette6997290 2 years
Leave Merida Alone
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