Plus Size Influencers On Instragram Dress Up As Various Disney Princesses And Take Down Beauty Standards. We Are Loving All This Body Positivity
Unpopular opinion: Disney Princesses need to be revamped. A lot of you will disagree with me but here’s the thing, they propagate unrealistic beauty standards and glorify a lot of other problematic things. Think about it, from Cinderella to Snow White to Jasmine, they are all tall, slim and fair. Well, except for Moana and Tatiana. These characters might be iconic but their stories and their look has little to no inclusivity and a whole lot of stereotypes and beauty goals that no one, except for Barbie, can achieve. However, all this is exactly what inspired plus size Instagram influencer Natasha Polis and her friends to launch the #PlusSizePrincessProject. These plus-size influencers picked one Disney princess each and dressed up like her. It’s a brilliant initiative that is challenging unrealistic beauty standards.
Natasha took to her Instagram to share the pictures of her and 21 other plus size influencers dressed as various Disney princesses. She said that they’re trying to make some noise because of the lack of media representation. She said, “Some friends and I got together to make some noise!! We take up more space than most yet our larger bodies are clearly lacking representation in media. If only I had this group of ladies to look to when growing up. It would have done wonders with my self-esteem. So here’s our response this Halloween: 21 influencers dressing up in our own style as beloved female Disney characters.”
These pictures are not only inclusive and diverse but they also prove that princesses come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Despite what our society will have you believe, a woman doesn’t have to fit in a mould. They can be themselves and still feel like princesses.
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💕 INTRODUCING: The #PlusSizePrincessProject 💕 Some friends and I got together to make 👏🏻 some 👏🏻 noise!! We take up more space than most yet our larger bodies are clearly lacking representation in media. If only I had this group of ladies to look to when growing up. It would have done wonders with my self esteem. So here’s our response this Halloween: 21 influencers dressing up in our own style as beloved female Disney characters. This has been quite the labor of love and a project that I’ve been nurturing since August. Thank you to all my lovely new and old friends who got dressed up to take these pictures! Please scroll through the hashtag or tap on the names below to see everyone’s take on their character. @Tashapolis – Belle @beccaashmon – Ariel @Roseybeeme – Cinderella @monicakim.jpg – Snow White @heathertraska – Sleeping Beauty @magicandmarie – Mulan @ashleerosehartley – Alice @huntermcgrady – Elsa @flashesofstyle – Jasmine @madebymagic_designs – Elena @bibbidibobbidi_broke – Kida @readytostare – Megara @curvesbyzo_ – Moana @tonsablush – Merida @sassyredlipstick – Rapunzel @smilesandpearlss – Esmerelda @glitterandlazers -Tinkerbelle @ellevalera – Mary Poppins @michaelamcgrady – Anna What tv/film character would you like to see in media cast as a plus size person? Not ONLY is it hard to find larger bodies as the hero character in tv and film but it’s also hard to find costumes in our size. Most of us had to make or DIY our get ups for it work. So…. costume industry. Make plus sizes more easily accessible cause we want to have fun and dress up too! It’s not just a straight size thing 😤 #plussizefashion #plussizecosplay #plussize #fatgirl #curvygirl #effyourbodystandards #bodypositive #disney #disneycostume #dressup #halloweencostume #psblogger #psootd #disneyprincess #instadisney #disneygram
In her Instagram post, Natasha also talked about how it tougher to find women who are plus size as the lead in movies or on TV. In fact, she said that a lot of the women who took part in this project had to DIY their costumes because plus size costumes for women, even if not princesses are very rarely available.
She said, “Not ONLY is it hard to find larger bodies as the hero character in tv and film but it’s also hard to find costumes in our size. Most of us had to make or DIY our get-ups for it work. So…. costume industry. Make plus sizes more easily accessible cause we want to have fun and dress up too! It’s not just a straight size thing”.
She has raised a very relevant point. How many times have you watched a movie or a tv show where the main character is a plus size woman and her character is not being used as just another as a comic relief or someone riddled with stereotypes getting body shamed? Thanks to these beauty standards, the media representation of plus-size women is very poor. It is getting better but at a snail’s pace. And that is exactly why this #PlusSizePrincessProject is so awesome. It’s just the need of the hour. Maybe instead of all those ridiculous social media challenges, we should have more projects and campaigns on body-positivity.
It’s high time that Disney Princesses are changed to be more inclusive and the media representation of women who don’t fit into society’s mould gets better.