If I had to choose a Disney Princess to live the rest of my life as, it would be....
What makes Merida such a great choice? Several things. First, she isn't your typical Disney Princess. She's unruly, marches to her own drum, and does not fit the often portrayed image of a traditional Disney Princess: overly large eyes, impossibly tiny waist, ankles, feet, etc. She's more robust. Remember the outcry when Disney first released the newly sexualized images of Merida? Case in point! In addition to her appearance, Merida yearns for the options to choose her own fate. She does not want a husband chosen for her or to be won in a competition. This is not her idea of romance or destiny. I also like the fact that, in the end, she doesn't end up with a prince who has to save her. Instead, her mission is bonding and finding common ground with her mother. In addition, Merida is a bad-ass archer!
"There are those who say fate is something beyond our command. That destiny is not our own, but I know better. Our fate lives within us, you only have to be brave enough to see it." --Merida
A very close second (and normally my first choice back in the day) simply due to the fact that she does not let tradition dictate her decisions; even if it means putting her and her family's lives in jeopardy, she makes decisions based on what she knows to be the right thing to do. Mulan knows that her father would never make it back from war alive due to his previous injuries. She also knows that women in China are meant to follow the rules, get matched through the province's matchmaker, and start a family. This isn't for Mulan when something threatens her family. Disguising herself as a boy allows her to save not only her father, but her entire nation. It also allows her to be herself. Mulan/Ping's ideas often saved her company during skirmishes with the Mongolian invaders. Without her, China might not have survived the invasion at all. In the end, Mulan is heralded as a national hero. While she does kind of end up with her commanding officer, Shang, the most important thing to take away is that she has brought honor to her family...as a strong, independent, self-sacrificing woman!
"You said you'd trust Ping. Why is Mulan any different?" --Mulan
Which Disney Princess would you be?
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