Ever since time unknown, little girls have been told the stories of royal princesses which have served as a reminder of how a proper lady should be. Let’s see. She should possess perfect etiquettes, dress up remarkably and end up with the man of her dreams. What might appear like mellow and harmless fairy tales have actually fed ideas of adherence to gender stereotypes in young ladies. However, the future is here. In this Comiclog, we are celebrating the fiercely independent princesses who inspire young girls to be whatever they want to be.
- Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
Unlike the traditional Disney Princesses, who sit around and look pretty until fate acquaints them with their Prince Charming, Tiana has a dream to become a successful restaurateur in New Orleans. She is a hardworking girl who works two jobs to make enough to make her dream come true. YOU GO GIRL!
2. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
Belle is an extraordinary human being. With her quick wit, smart mouth and unending love for books, she gives us a truck load of Elizabeth Bennet-esque vibes. She refuses to marry Gaston because she would simply not give in to the society’s idea of an ideal woman. She teaches us the essence of inner beauty by choosing to love the beast despite his physical appearance. She makes her own rules and we love her for it.
3. Elsa (Frozen)
Elsa shattered Disney’s home grown idea of falling in love with a man as long as he is royalty. She even tries to prevent her younger sister Anna from marrying Prince Hans in a similar turn of events. Elsa’s love for her little sister Anna compels her to hide her powers and stay in isolation for years and years. However, when she finally leaves the castle, she ‘lets it go’ and her magic.
4. Merida (Brave)
Merida is Disney’s very own Katniss Everdeen. Armed with her bow and arrow, Merida is fearless and possesses a knack for taking charge of her own life. Brave revolves around Merida’s relationship with her mother and how she refuses to adjust herself according to gender stereotypes to please anybody. What sets Merida aside from other princesses is that she chose to embrace being single and showed the world that it can be absolutely wonderful. Merida teaches us to defy conformity like a boss.
5. Mulan (Mulan)
When Mulan learns that her aged father would have to return to the army following a decree that compelled one man from every Chinese family to join the army, she swoops in and takes up the job in her hands. She disguised herself as a man and joined the army. While she is not very competent at the job in the beginning, she soon proves her mettle as a skilled warrior and excellent strategist. She manages to save the whole nation of China from the tyranny of Shan Hu, she humbly declines the offer to become the Emperor’s advisor. She returns to her family and takes up the role of the family guardian, a position which was only occupied by men. She sets a grand example for women to be independent and to never consider themselves unworthy or inadequate. MULAN FOR EMPEROR!