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Disney Heroines Through the Years

Entertainment Weekly Logo By Isabella Biedenharn of Entertainment Weekly | Slide 1 of 15: …are there any self-possessed Disney heroines at all? Yes! These leading ladies have come a long way since 1937, when the ideal princess had 'skin as white as snow'; passively pinned her hopes on a prince who would someday come; and trusted strangers a little too much. Moana showed us that if a young woman wants something now, she'll jump on a boat, learn to sail and go get it herself. But it’s not insignificant that it’s taken the better part of a century to get this far. Over time these women have evolved into readers, archers, rebels, and leaders with diverse faces, bodies, and dreams. From Entertainment Weekly’s special issue The Ultimate Guide to Beauty and the Beast, on newsstands now, here’s a look at how that transformation happened.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…

…are there any self-possessed Disney heroines at all? Yes! These leading ladies have come a long way since 1937, when the ideal princess had 'skin as white as snow'; passively pinned her hopes on a prince who would someday come; and trusted strangers a little too much. Moana showed us that if a young woman wants something now, she'll jump on a boat, learn to sail and go get it herself. But it’s not insignificant that it’s taken the better part of a century to get this far. Over time these women have evolved into readers, archers, rebels, and leaders with diverse faces, bodies, and dreams. From Entertainment Weekly’s special issue The Ultimate Guide to Beauty and the Beast, on newsstands now, here’s a look at how that transformation happened.
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