And although Disney isn’t to blame for the body image issues in today’s society (at least, not solely), it does have the ability to be a platform for change, to help counteract the media messages that impressionable young boys and girls imbibe on a daily basis.
Basically what we’re saying is this: the Internet loves, and we mean loves, Disney re-imaginings. From Steampunk Disney to Historically Accurate Disney to Disney meets real-life. So, what better medium than this to introduce “Disney princesses with realistic waistlines”?
That’s what Tumblr artist The Nameless Doll thought anyway. Here’s what she came up with.
Belle with a more curvaceous figure:
And Anna, too:
The best part is that The Nameless Doll recognizes that “realistic” is no one thing. Real bodies come in various shapes and sizes.
Some are muscular, like this Ariel:
Because of course Ariel would be ripped. She’s a swimmer after all!
Some are plus-sized, like this Anastasia (not officially a Disney princess, but always in our hearts):
This isn’t the first time the Internet has re-imagined Disney royalty as fuller-figured. Buzzfeed contributor Loryn Brantz did a similar series last year:
These art series have not appeared in a vacuum. In 2014, over 37,000 people signed a Changed.org petition asking Disney to create a plus-sized princess.
Some have opposed this movement, arguing that it promotes obesity and poor health in young kids. But such a critique assumes that fuller-figured = unhealthy. As far as we can tell, most of the re-imagined Disney princesses we’ve shared in this list, if not all, seem perfectly healthy. What’s more, health cannot be ascertained from appearance alone.