Most girls grow up watching Disney princesses and the typical image that usually comes to mind is a pretty white girl with a puffy gown and shiny shoes, who meets her Prince Charming and lives happily ever after. Unfortunately, life is far from being a fairytale. However, there are some female Disney characters who we can’t help but admire for their unconventional and bold choices. They are not afraid to stand up for themselves and let’s be honest, they are total bosses.
Based on the life of a Native American woman, this film revolves around a free-spirited woman who loves her community. She can’t help but wonder what her purpose in life is and not before long, her peaceful community is invaded by the English. She meets John Smith and they tell share their cultures with one another and learn about the other’s worlds. They fall in love but war is eminent between her tribe and the Englishmen. Pocahontas realizes that peace is more important and she makes the painful decision of saying goodbye to John Smith who returns to England without her.
There is no denying that Elsa is a powerful character. She has an unconventional role and it’s refreshing. She’s strong, independent, and is always concerned about doing what is right. She even gives great advice. Although Elsa is far from perfect and doesn’t have it all figured out, she relies on her sister, the one person she can trust and together, their bond of having each other’s back is incredible.
Moana is the definition of getting things done. While she has been divinely chosen to fulfill an important task, it’s her own determination and fearlessness that pushes her to get out of her comfort zone and brave the challenges that come her way. She initially goes to seek help from a demigod Maui who is going through his own issues and even abandons Moana at one point because he’s afraid. Moana decided she needs to do whatever she can do to save her people with or without his help. #YouGoGirl.
Tiana was Disney’s first black princess and she represented the working class. She had a dream to open her own restaurant. For that, she worked several shifts to save money. Unfortunately, she gets wrapped up in a magic spell and is turned into a frog. Soon, she meets Prince Naveen who has also been turned into a frog. She and Naveen fall in love and she helps transform the spoilt brat into a decent human (or frog) by talking about her own struggles.
Nala starts out by being Simba’s best friend but right from when they are kids, she speaks her own mind and isn’t afraid to tell the future king when he’s being a fool. Even after she grows up, she boldly runs away to look for a solution to save the Pride. When she meets Simba, no doubt they fall in love but she is quick to tell him to stop hiding and return to his rightful place as king. We can’t help but wonder if the Pride would run so smoothly without Nala.
Judy Hopps is far from perfect but she can certainly be admired for pursuing her dream at all costs. She wanted to be Zootopia’s first bunny cop and boy, did that come with a lot of hurdles for her. But she was courageous and in spite of all the odds stacked up against her, she went on to fight for herself and land a big case. We also can’t help but admire how Judy overcomes her prejudices when it came to Nick Wilde. When he calls her out on it, she eventually owns up to her actions and apologizes. True heroes know when they are wrong and take it as a challenge to grow and become better.
Moms are total heroes and Elastigirl proves what a badass she is. Not only is she a mom to her super kids but she also has an entire city to look out for. While her husband is focused on basking in his glory days, she focuses on raising her kids to figure out their powers and take control of them.
We can’t not mention Mulan when we talk about powerful female characters. The brave and strong Mulan makes a tough choice to take the place of her aging father and go to war disguised as a man. Her strength to fight alongside men is nothing short of incredible. We could not be more excited when Disney decided to do a live-action remake of the beloved Disney cartoon movie. Mulan was supposed to get a grand theatre opening but due to the current circumstances, the movie is all set to premiere on Disney+ Hotstar on December 4.
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