Think Disney princesses and you think of those impossible, itty-bitty waists. We all do. Whether an impractical holdover from the days of the good-old corsets, a reflection of what society finds beautiful and feminine, or simply a 'style' choice the worldly cartoonists and animators decided to go with, one can't deny that these waistlines are biologically impossible to attain. Even our favourite Playboy's Playmate and Vogue cover girl will agree.
But what if Disney princesses had realistic waistlines and some meat on their bones? Well, they would look pretty fabulous. No doubt about it: The proof's on its way.
So, back in November 2014, Buzzfeed's Loryn Brantz decided to digitally edit six famous Disney ladies - Ariel (The Little Mermaid), Pocahontas (Pocahontas), Jasmine (Aladdin), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Elsa (Frozen) - to show what the cartoon heroines would look like if they had more realistic physical proportions. And now, Huffington Post has created its own series of Disney princesses with realistic waistlines. They created some additional picture edits of the princesses as 'plus-size' characters, with larger waistlines and everything else.
From Snow White and Cinderella to Jasmine, and everything in between, the publication took many of our favourite fairytale characters and transformed them into what would be labeled as 'plus-size' women, in the process reassuring women and girls that their body size does NOT matter.
"As a woman who loves Disney and has dealt with body image issues, it has been something I've always wanted to comment on, particularly after seeing Frozen," The Huffington Post had quoted Brantz as saying.
"While I loved the film, I was horrified that the main female character designs haven't changed since the '60s. The animation industry is historically male dominated, and I think that contributes to how these designs became so extreme in their proportions - their necks are almost always bigger than their waists!"
It is worth noticing that even as Disney (albeit slowly) begins to diversify the colour and character of its princesses, the size and shape of these iconic cartoons stay the same. By attempting to reimage what Disney princesses would look like, minus their unrealistic waist size, the series is driving home the fact that you can be appreciated as beautiful not matter whether you're big, small, or anything in between.
"A little diversity would help show girls that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes," HuffPost UK's Rachel Moss wrote.
Without further ado, this is what Disney princesses would look like with realistic waists...
Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Ariel, The Little Mermaid
Belle, Beauty and the Beast
Pretty awesome, right? Right!
Now we're sure we don't just speaking for ourselves when we say they all still look as picture perfect as they ever were. Here's hoping for more Disney princesses we can all see a bit of ourselves in.
And as proud mother of two school-going girls, Nidhi Singh, puts it perfectly, "After all, since these characters are supposed to represent people in films made for children, they should probably look more like real people, right?"