I love Halloween. I love the costumes, the candy, and the fun. You know what I can’t stand? Little girls that prance around in high heels waiting for their Prince Charmings to rescue them. But you know what is really awesome? When girls don’t have to sacrifice the glitz and the glamour and still kick some booty. And that, my friends is what this year’s Disney Halloween campaign has succeeded in doing. I love it so much it hurts. Me, mom of boys and tomboy extraordinaire who still loves makeup and shoes. Girls, you can have it all. You really can.
Look at the picture to your right. It’s Cinderella but this Cinderella is completely different than the one you are used to seeing. She is not as white as a crayon, her hair is not straight and blonde, but she is still stunning. The only thing that could make this picture even more perfect is the tagline: “I am the Perfect Fit.” Heck ya, sweet girl, you most perfectly are. Girls step into the Disney Store and they are reminded that princesses come in all shapes and sizes. Love.
I never thought that a Halloween ad could have such an effect on me. But it has really changed how I view girls in princess garb. You see, they are not damsels in distress. They are proud and powerful.
Take a look at Minnie, Woody and Tinkerbell. Nobody is saving anyone! Minnie is fantastically content in her pink and white dress, Tinkerbell has a magic wand, and Woody (although so handsome, and full disclosure: also my son!) is a doll after all. How’ s that for completely messing with stereotypes? The cowboy is a “child’s play thing.”
The only thing that I would add to any of these costumes is Meridia’s no nonsense bow and arrow. Every princess should have one. I’m pretty sure that they come as accessories so that is totally an option. I’m all over it.
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