“Finally Someone Said It”: Disney Hit With Criticisms of Princesses Being Harmful to Young Girls

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The Walt Disney Company has been hit with criticisms from every side about its actions. It’s one of the more challenging things about being an ethically central institution. On the one hand, some believe that Disney has “pandered to woke audiences” for too long, and on the other hand, there are those who think that Disney is still not doing enough for representation for a company and giant of its size. Per the latest report, there is a viral video that calls out Disney characters, specifically Disney princesses, particularly how they represent one aspect of the Disney princesses, arguing that it’s incredibly harmful to little girls.

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Princess Tiana, Rapunzel, Princess Jasmine, Mulan, Moana, and Belle are some of the well-known Disney princesses / Credit: Disney

The video uploaded shows and highlights the noses of Disney princesses and Disney villains, showing how all princesses, especially from earlier classic Disney animated movies, have small, dainty, and upturned noses. Meanwhile, all Disney villains’ noses are much larger, crooked, and elongated.

The video highlights that this must be so confusing for little girls, and clearly, many agree because the video has gone viral with over 700,000 likes, over 5.4 million views, and over 4,500 comments.


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Another TikToker made a similar observation continuing the analysis of how different the noses between Disney villains and Disney princesses are, with many other fans seconding the impact this had on their childhood. The creator of the video, @robinreaction, explains that the earlier in time a princess was drawn, the smaller and less defined her nose was. But by contrast, villains in those same movies have large and clearly defined noses.


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One fan shared, “I noticed this as a kid and I HATED it. why was it I could only ever find my nose shape on a villain 😭.”

Another chimed in, “This is probably why I always hated my nose and didn’t realize it.”

Many more agreed with the sentiment, with one commenter expressing, “all the female villains having big/defined noses actually impacted me so much as a kid and i still hate my nose.”

However, some spoke for Disney Animation. One explained, “It’s a stylistic choice, look at anime noses, barely a dot. Simplification of the face makes sense when hand drawing every frame. The princesses had the most screen time.”

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Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

There were also those who thought everyone should “simply move on” and not “cry about everything.”

Considering Disney’s far-reaching impact, this is certainly something that seems to have impacted many women as young children. It is something that Disney, too, has been working to fix with some of its more recent animated movies like Moana, and hopefully, it’s only uphill from here.

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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