Happily ever afters are what Disney is all about. But — more often than not — happy endings for the female leading ladies mean ending up with a man. There's nothing wrong with a sweet love story, and Disney certainly knows the magic formulas to melt our hearts. Still, the underlying issue with many Disney relationships is the portrayal of princesses as damsels in distress, a stereotype that's utterly ridiculous and completely antiquated. Luckily, Disney has been stepping up its game by giving us strong women whose journeys don't revolve around (or even include) men.
Moana, the newest Disney princess fans are counting down the days to meet, will officially have no love interest in the upcoming movie. Instead, her story will focus on the path she takes to find herself — not a significant other. And while we're still holding out hope that Disney does decide to give Elsa a girlfriend in Frozen 2, we're glad that she, Moana, and these other fierce princesses had more important things to worry about in their Disney movies than who to ride off into the sunset with.