Anonymous asked: Hello, curious anon here. How do you feel about the princess redesigns?
Hey Curious Anon!
I’m so sorry it’s taken me a long time to answer you!
I had to think long and hard about how I want to phrase my response.
Snow White- Not to bad! A little too glittery for my liking, but overall not too bad. Funny thing, the Snow White dress I’m making for myself has a sweetheart neckline and I started that a couple of years ago. But still. Way. Too. Much. Glitter.
Cinderella- I don’t like Cinderella to begin with, but this redesign was still bothersome to me. Cinderella is a classic no matter what I think, and the classic dress is what should always be there. Again, TOO MUCH GLITTER.
The hair design looks like almost all of the prom hairstyles I’ve seen for the last 5 years. Side swept bangs, hairband disappearing into the sides, slightly messy bun in the middle of her head. Come on. Really?
Cinderella is supposed to be a classic beauty, classic hairstyle, simple but elegant dress and genuine manners.
And now she looks like a bad prom picture from a middle American high school prom.
Also, her face doesn’t have the same proportions. And she’s skinnier. I have a how to draw princesses book from before the redesign, and for Cinderella’s body proportions it says, and I quote “Cinderella’s waist is full, but not too plump.”
Aurora- For only being in her movie for about 10 minutes, this was the most drastic for the classical princesses. They changed her hair completely. I for one, LOVED her first hair. I didn’t know it was possible, but the redesign made her skinnier than ever. I know she was one of the smallest waisted princesses, but come on.. Where do her organs go??
STILL TOO MUCH GLITTER. Aurora is from the 14th century! THEY DIDN’T HAVE FUCKING GLITTER!!
Ariel- I personally liked her pink dress better than the green one.. Mainly because it was from the movie and because it was a combination of the first three princesses. The puffy upper sleeve along with the shape of the bodice from Snow White, the lower sleeve and the off the should part from Aurora, and the skirt from Cinderella. I don’t like her new earrings or hair, and the life and light from her eyes.. It’s just gone.. She had to use her eyes to communicate her true feelings, and all of the expression is just gone from them. That’s truly sad.
Belle- Oh lord. Where do I start? Her hair, WHAT THE FUCK??
I loved how it was all pulled back and her natural waves, NOT exactly curls hung in the back.. and her dress was a beautiful pure gold, not the color of a glittery school bus. Her eyes and skin tone are wayyy too light.. I mean, Belle wasn’t as white as snow.. She had a little touch of olive to her complexion, just a little touch of color..
Her dress, despite the color and glitter count, is really cool..
Jasmine- Her fiery personality just got sucked out of her. Her skin and eyes are too light. I mean, come on, let’s go back to the movie, she had deep olive skin, beautiful chocolate brown eyes and darker lips. If you look at real people with her features, unless they put on pink lipstick, that’s not what they’re natural lip color is supposed to look like. She needs to have her deep berry lips back. Not a big fan of her costume.. A little too much harem to the costume, like it looks too sexy. SHE’S SIXTEEN!
Pocahontas- Good lord.. Disney, for once, I’m disgusted.
Mulan- Poor thing, what is so wrong with wearing no makeup and just being ok with how you look naturally?
Merida- Don’t even talk to me. I am still angry over this poor lady.
The thing is, these classics are classics for a reason. They are beloved because they have a certain look. I know for a fact, I’m not going to buy my little girl a Merida doll unless she’s in her normal dress.
Granted I don’t have a little girl at the moment.. But when I do, she will receive dolls and stuff with the CORRECT version of the princesses I hold near and dear to my heart.
I grew up with Ariel, Belle and Jasmine. I was a nineties girl. They are strong, intelligent and beautiful role models. I wanted to learn to read so I could be like Belle, and I wanted to learn to swim so I could be like Ariel and I just wanted someone who looked like Aladdin ;)
They taught me a lot, and it’s only recently that I realized that all of the princesses have taught me a lot of things.
Snow White helped me discover that it’s ok to not be tan, like all of the girls my age. Whenever I feel uncharitable thoughts about someone, I think about Snow White and tell myself that kind of thinking only leads to nasty things. Karma.
I could go on forever, and I usually do, but I won’t bore you.
Thank you so much for asking, and I hope you ask more :)