What can representation do for the youth of America?
For as long as I could remember, my dream was to be a Disney princess: running around my house sporting a plastic pair of Cinderella’s “glass” slippers on my feet, or pretending that I was a sleeping beauty during nap time in Aurora’s beautiful pink gown. I was too absorbed in the absolute joy I felt while admiring Disney princesses to recognize how deeply flawed the films truly were. It wasn’t until I dressed up as Belle for Halloween one year, that I finally realized the resemblance was the exact opposite of uncanny. Now, it’s no secret that there had been Pocahontas and Mulan, the very few princesses that Disney created in an attempt at cultural representation. And sure, Jasmine existed too, but it seemed her movie was barely about her. It still wasn’t right.
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