For example, Ariel sets a good example of showing determination and a never-give-up attitude. She was berated by her community for her reckless decisions and can even be considered selfish for leaving her family. Snow White is another princess who is known for her kindness and her positivity toward everyone. Yet she is disliked by her community for being unable to stand up for herself, she runs at the first sign of danger, and she is known for breaking and entering.
When I was 5, my mother asked me who my role model was. I replied, “Cinderella, because she’s beautiful.” When I was 8, she asked again and I replied, “Jasmine, because she’s got the best outfit.” When she asked me at 15, I replied, “Tiana, because she’s sassy and spunky.” Many generations of girls have grown up watching Disney princess movies. What many people don’t realize is that these movies don’t teach young girls the correct attributes of a role model. There are many traits exhibited by the princess that should be mirrored by society, but there are some that shouldn’t be absorbed by the youth of today.
Another trait that these princess teach young girls is that they should “wait for their prince to come.” Both Snow White and Aurora (from “Sleeping Beauty”), encourage girls to wait for their knight in shining armor. This shows girls that they shouldn’t try to better themselves. Cinderella is also revered for her incredible kindness, hardwork and patience. She even keeps a great positive attitude when she is abused by her stepmother and stepsisters. What Cinderella teaches young girls is that they shouldn’t speak out about abuse, they should take it in hopes that one day things will get better through magic.
Jasmine is known for her line “I am not a prize to be won!” She is a great example of a person who refuses to conform to the norm; she is witty and willing to stick up for herself. Despite all that spunk, she tends to be irresponsible, continuously running away from her royal responsibilities. While it’s a great trait to stand up for yourself, girls need to know that sometimes they need to think of others before themselves.
Tiana is one of the newest princesses, from “The Princess and the Frog.” Tiana shows girls that through hard work and determination they can make their dreams come true. But Tiana becomes too independent and doesn’t allow herself to rely on others. She also never takes a moment to have fun and enjoy life.
In my opinion, one of the only princesses who sets a great example for young girls is Mulan. This Chinese warrior is brave, smart, witty and thinks on her feet. She risks her own life to save her father and keeps persevering even when things look hopeless. In the end, she earns a place as an equal to men and saves her country. Parents should be instilling good traits in their children, and making sure that through watching Disney princess movies, children are getting the right idea.