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Emma Watson has scored the role of Belle in a new movie adaptation of
. As Emma's other job is as a feminist campaigner, we've rounded up six Disney sisters who we believe are also doing it for themselves (though we admit there's still a long way to go, no cartoons about an ass-kicking female CEO in the pipeline just yet...)
She's feisty, outspoken and - unlike most other Disney princesses - wears the trousers, both literally and metaphorically. She was also way ahead of the curve with the whole flat shoe, anti-heel thing, plus those harem pants look far comfier than a corset. "I am not a prize to be won" she retorts coolly when Aladdin tries to win her over. Damn right.
Disney's version of Rapunzel has a pretty broad skill set considering she's been locked in a tower her whole life. She uses her 20ft hair as a weapon, a climbing aid and a rope to tie up an intruder. And when she's finished she cuts it all off into a cool brown pixie crop. Because who needs boring old princess hair? Also she makes the first move (see above.)
The only Disney princess whose story isn't centered around finding a man. She even breaks up with a guy because he's in her way 'it's not you, it's my path.' Also she never needs saving.
Technically she spends most of the film as a frog. Still though, no other Disney princesses nuture the dream of starting their own business. Tiana wants to open her own restaurant and by the end of the film she's gone and done it.
She flips that tired old damsel in distress sterotype by rescuing all the men in the film, including her father, the emperor and the army general. Go Mulan. She also has two positive female role models in her life, meaning the film also passes the Bechdel test. More of the same please, Disney.
It's fair to say that Belle isn't like a lot of other Disney gals. More interested in her books and helping out her pop with his kooky inventions than Gaston's less than subtle advances and boy does that put womaniser in his place. Also, she won't put up for any of the Beast's BS; proof that she's way stronger than her pretty face would suggest. Don't judge a book by it's cover, indeed...
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