Are Disney princesses too perfect? Critic slams button nose beauty standard

Little mirror, little mirror on the wall, whose nose is the prettiest of all?

A TikToker is calling out the original Disney princesses for sharing a similar trait: a tiny button nose.

In a viral video, the creator posted a series of screenshots showing Belle, Aurora, Elsa, Anna, Ariel, and Moana, circling their indistinguishable schnozes that featured a slim, sloping jumper that came with a perfect point.

Then followed the villains, whose horns came in all shapes and sizes, complete with bumps and bumps. Their bridges were crooked, taking up a large part of their facial surface, and the ball of some noses appeared bulbous.

The clip argued that the heroines were given perfect facial features, while noses deemed flawed or unsightly were attributed to villains.

“This must be so confusing for a little girl,” the user wrote in the video, which has garnered 5.3 million views since it was posted last month.

The TikToker compared the noses of various princesses to those of the villains.

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Multiple creators have argued that the animators drew the cartoons that way on purpose.

A TikToker known as Robin Reaction also shared a clip last year with a similar argument.

The creator claimed that some early princesses barely had a nose, at least when the animated beauties were viewed head-on. Meanwhile, no matter what profile view, the “evil” characters had identifiable scents.

“One of the easiest ways to tell if a woman is going to be mean, or just really unspeakable, is to see if she has a nose that actually looks like a nose,” he said.

In both videos, viewers debated whether kids could really sniff out beauty standards, or if the theories were a bit far-fetched.

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Studies have shown the effects of Disney characters on young minds, arguing that these popular animations can perpetuate unrealistic standards.

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In the TikTok comments section, users disagreed on whether the children actually noticed the characters’ noses.

“So are we going to cry over everything in life or just move on?” one viewer complained in response to the clip of Robin. [sic] they often have a sharp facial structure to appear cold and sharp. look at how bubbly and happy characters often have a round face,” argued another.

“That’s probably why I always hated my nose and didn’t realize it,” another person wrote.

“I found this out as a kid and I HATE it. Why could I only find the shape of my nose on a villain? another lamented.

The Post has reached out to Disney for comment.

But the effects expand beyond the screen. A former Disney park cast member said the key to landing a coveted role as a princess in the park is having a “forgettable pretty face.”

“The standard that you’re trying to achieve when you’re trying to get cast as a princess is essentially what’s the most forgettable pretty face you can have,” the artist, who goes by the name Melanie, told Insider last year.

Sarah Daniels, 32, echoed similar claims to The Post at the time, recalling her own audition when casting directors eliminated Magic Kingdom hopefuls after just one look. It’s “difficult to take,” she said, because it’s not something that can be earned.

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“I found this out as a kid and I HATE it. Why was I only able to find my nose shape on a villain? one user commented.

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The potential harm goes beyond facial features: studies have found that characters’ bodies have unnatural proportions.

This isn’t the first time the Disney ladies have come under fire for their unrealistic portrayals of beauty.

A 2019 study published on PsychNet studied the waist-to-hip ratio of damsels and concluded that Disney princesses have a smaller ratio that is “nearly impossible to achieve naturally.” Villains, by comparison, had a higher wait-to-hip ratio, which has the potential to “increase or reinforce” stereotypes that “physically attractive people with less [waist-to-hip ratios] possess morally favorable qualities”.

Brigham Young University conducted its own research in 2016 on “princess culture,” or the obsession with Disney princesses, and how it affects young people.

“Disney princesses represent some of the earliest examples of exposure to the thin ideal,” study author Sarah Coyne, a professor of family life at the university, said in a statement. “As women, we get it our whole lives, and it really starts at the Disney Princess level, at three and four years old.”

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