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High school junior petitions Disney to create a ‘Plus-Size Princess’

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A young girl in Farmville, VA decided it was time to petition Disney to make a plus-size princess.

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Reported today Feb. 1, Jewel Moore is currently gaining signatures for a petition she created and titled “Every Body Is Beautiful”. Moore states that this petition is aimed at Disney’s Animation Studio.

While Disney has a diversity of race among their princesses, Moore is correct, Disney doesn’t seem to have a plus-size princess. Moore indicated herself as being a plus-sized girl, and hopes to create a positive change how other young girls view themselves when being influenced by Disney characters.

“If Disney could make a plus-size female protagonist who was as bright, amazing, and memorable as their others, it would do a world of good for those plus-size girls out there who are bombarded with images that make them feel ugly for not fitting the skinny standard,” Moore said.

Shoot, if we are going to ask Disney to create a princess that represents all body types, there are a lot of other princess types that should be considered.

What about beautiful women in wheelchairs, amputees, or women who serve in our U.S. Army, Marines, or Air-Force, and a whole plethora of other women body types? If anything, at least Moore is using her “amazing” idea to open the conversation for Disney to re-examine what future princesses could look like.

But what defines a plus-size women? Most reports say that a size 14 and up are the size factors. Was this ever an issue of the past? Some news reports have stated that since the 1960’s on average women are 25 pounds heavier. Regardless if this is true or not, Moore seems to have a valid point -- that Disney should consider creating a few princesses that reflect all varieties of women body types, not one size fits all.

"I know the characters are just cartoons but they give girls their first impressions of real-life women," Moore said.

While most people praise Moore for her efforts, others wonder if this is the correct direction to go. With so many teens having health issues surrounding obesity, many take pause to perhaps consider a "regular-size". Wait! Doesn’t putting another label as “regular” create another stigma to what is considered good or bad?

While some might bash her out-going efforts, at least she is doing something to change the world in a positive way. To help all women feel pretty like a Disney princess regardless of their body type.

So far Moore's petition has gained more than 6,000 signatures.

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