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Disney Pulls Merida Makeover

Last week, we told you about the controversial makeover that Merida, the heroine of Brave and Disney's 11th princess, was set to receive. The "update" included smoother hair, a fuller figure, bigger lips, a smaller waist... and lots and lots of sparkles. For moms and girls who'd admired the strong, self-sufficient princess for her "real girl" look, this was upsetting, to say the least.

Brenda Chapman, who wrote and directed Brave, was equally outraged. She told the Independent Journal:“I think it’s atrocious what they have done to Merida. When little girls say they like it because it’s more sparkly, that’s all fine and good but, subconsciously, they are soaking in the sexy ‘come hither’ look and the skinny aspect of the new version. It’s horrible! Merida was created to break that mold—to give young girls a better, stronger role model, a more attainable role model, something of substance, not just a pretty face that waits around for romance.”

The "A Mighty Girl" organization decried the changes with a petition on Change.org, which garnered more than 200,000 pledges of support... and seems to have attracted Disney's attention. In images on their official princess website, the "strong, fearless, adventurous" Merida has been restored to her frizzy-haired self. Score one for the moms!

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