Is the World Ready for an Overweight Princess?
Thanks to Mulan, Pocahontas, The Princess and the Frog, Aladdin and Mulan, we have princesses of all colors on the television screen. But that is just not enough. A high-school junior from Virginia, has started a petition on Change.org to get Disney to make a movie about a plus sized Princess.
Jewel herself is overweight. In her petition, she says, "It would be revolutionary for Disney to show support to a group of girls who are otherwise horrendously bullied by the media. It would make many young girls feel confident and worthy to see a strong character that looks like them."
Am I missing something? Can anyone reading this please tell me, where and when has the media bullied fat boys and girls? I myself was extremely hefty growing up. I recall my piers bullying me for my weight… Not mainstream media. And if I wouldn’t have been fat, my classmates would have picked up on something else that was ‘different’ about me.
I have battled with weight all my life… But by the time I hit high school, I realized I was in control. I cleaned up my eating, I participated in volleyball, cheer-leading, weight training and track.