On May 11, Disney will officially crown Merida -- of the popular Brave animated feature -- as the 11th princess. Merida won the hearts of young girls everywhere as the bow-carrying, spirited, independent, and self-assured heroine who bravely looked within and found her fate. Let's hope she doesn't have access to a mirror after the coronation, because the girl our children look up to won't recognize the face staring back at her.
Gone are the adorably realistic round face, the wide blue eyes, and the refreshingly makeup free complexion, and the wild, unkempt curls. Now that she's going to be official, Disney wants to do away with Merida the Brave because they seem to think only Merida the Sexy will sell merchandise. Seems to work for historical romance novels, right?
Disney needs to know we want Merida as she was first presented to us and our children. Our girls needs to know that it's okay to look up to a smart girl who fights for and stands up for herself. Our boys need to know that our girls deserve to be respected for holding true to who they are.
A defined waistline, blush, and a come-hither look only serves to validate society's obsession with an unattainable beauty ideal. The fact that Disney felt the need to sex up a FICTIONAL character tells our children that being Brave isn't as important as having the right measurements.
Please sign this petition and ask Disney to welcome Merida as the 11th Princess as she is, because we happen to think she is perfectly beautiful just the way she is.