"Make Plus-Size Princesses in Disney Movies!"—that's the message high school student Jewel Moore is sending Disney in a petition aimed to boost the confidence of "plus-size" girls.
According to an article in People, Moore's petition on Change.org has already achieved 18,500 signatures:
"I made this petition because I'm a plus-size young woman, and I know many plus-size girls and women who struggle with confidence and need a positive plus-size character in the media," said Moore. "Studies show that a child's confidence correlates greatly with how much representation they have in the media. It's extremely difficult to find a positive representation of plus-size females in the media."
It's true that Disney princesses have long had impossibly tiny waists and huge eyes. They are also cartoons.
While it would be great for filmmakers (and doll manufacturers for that matter) to present more average-looking heroines, should they create them in a variety of shapes and sizes to reflect our reality or stick to fantasy?
Would a plus-size character boost girls' self-esteem or encourage complacency when it comes to childhood obesity?
Click here to sign the petition.
Another worthy princess petition that caught Disney's attention.