A Farmville teen is taking on the image of Disney princesses. Jewel Moore says all the Mouse House heroines are the same in one way - they're extremely thin. Her mission: get Disney to create a princess who is "average" sized.
Like many girls, Moore grew up in awe of the Disney princess. The high school junior admires Princess Merida from "Brave."
"She doesn't really need men to define her. She is her own person," said Moore.
Moore appreciates that message and the diverse group of characters among the Disney princesses.
"As the years go by, they have different types of girls, and not just the damsel in distress, and different races and cultures, you know, things like that."
But while the plot and the ethnicity change, this Disney fan wants to see something else change - the princess' body type. Moore says they're so thin, she just can't relate.
"In our society, to look perfect and be perfect, it's just exhausting," said Moore.
Moore started a petition on change.org, asking the company to create a plus-sized princess. Nearly 30,000 people worldwide have added their names.
"I don't want an obese princess. Let's just clear that up right now. I want a princess who is above the average size, and I want them to portray them in the way they portray other princesses, as independent, as beautiful all the qualities that the other princesses have, because I don't feel that people perceive plus-sized people that way," said Moore.
And that's a valid concern according to Dr. Martin Buxton, psychiatrist.
"We put so much emphasis on 'this is the way you are supposed to look' that people who are still in the formative years go after this in unhealthy ways," said Buxton.
Buxton likes the idea of creating a plus-sized princess.
"What really makes them good is who they are as a person. You can have a tall person be good, you can have a tall person be bad, just help people see we don't judge a book by it's cover and what is really the essence is who they are and how we portray them," said Buxton.
Moore says she's not picking on Disney. She's simply starting there because of the company's influence.
"I want young girls to feel like they are not bad or their bodies are not bad because of what they see in the media," said Moore.
We reached out to Disney for comment, but we have not heard back.
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