By Susie

There’s no doubt that Disney has become more diverse in their animated and live action movies. But these women want to send a specific message out into the world, well , for Disney to see.

They hope to see a ‘fat’ or ‘bigger’ princess. Or a princess with flaws such as scars from battling cancer or other surgeries.A princess with a disability. Their messages in the photos are what they strive for.

As a little girl I would stare, wide-eyed at the princesses on the screen and when I first met Jasmine at Disney World I was stunned into silence because I had never seen anyone so beautiful. In my head I am, and have always been, part of the unofficial Princess Line. It didn’t escape me that all the princesses were a very small dress size and were considered absolutely beautiful. And that the fatter (and thus “uglier”) characters were the villains or the comic relief. Ursula or LeFou. Queen of Hearts or Philoctetes. In fairytales it seemed that the thin and beautiful got the happiest ending, and the fat and unconventional, for the most part, didn’t. Disney has such a special place in my heart, but it’s undeniable that it sells a very particular beauty ideal, and we place a lot of value on that ideal. Then we grow up and realise they’re just cartoons and not real people, but we’re still fed a more human (albeit unrealistic for many) version of that ideal. In all honesty, I’m tired of seeing the same bodies represented again and again. It’s time we had a fat princess. A princess with scars. A trans princess. A princess with a disability. A princess that hasn’t had her body drawn from the same stencil as all the others. And so, with that in mind, I give you @scarrednotscared and myself. A fat Rapunzel and a Snow White with scars, looking cute as heck. 👑💖 📸: @the_feeding_of_the_fox 💖💖

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WE NEED A FAT PRINCESS. Growing up with Disney, my heart hurt a little. None of them looked like me but you know what made me feel worse? Scar from the lion king. This is just the beginning of the life long stigma against scars. Think about how many villains have scars! Then I got older, and I got bigger with each surgery. At 7, my head and stomach were already covered in scars and I was already bigger than my friends. Disney princesses are seen as the epitome of beauty and even as a young girl, I quickly learnt that meant I wasn’t beautiful. This was emphasised even more when we shopped for princess birthday parties. There were never any in my size. Things haven’t really changed. It was sooo hard for @amyeloisew and I to find these in our sizes. I actually wanted to be jasmine so I could be a Scarred princess but no surprises that people still continue to assume fat women don’t wear crop tops. How incredible would it be for little kids to grow up and instead of saying “I want to look like her!”, they could say “wow she looks like me!”. How incredible would it be if the epitome of beauty and the envy of many little girls wasn’t so equated to thinness? Until @disney makes that happen, Amy and I would be honoured to fill the childhood dream you never knew you wanted of having a fat (and Scarred, although you can’t see it!) princess. #ScarredNotScared 📷: @the_feeding_of_the_fox

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