So what comes in your mind when you hear the word ‘Princess’? A beautiful, well-dressed, delicate young girl waiting for her prince to save her from trouble! Well that is how princesses have been portrayed by Disney for a long long time. However, things have definitely changed for good in recent years. Disney has finally realized that young girls want their role models to be more than just a pretty face. ‘Goody two shoes’ princess, a handsome prince and a ‘happily ever after’ is not enough anymore.
Over the years, Disney has introduced strong characters who not only know how to take care of themselves but know how to save those around them as well. Courage, intelligence, smartness are just few of the many qualities girls look for in their idol and Disney has been able to come up with a number of inspirational princesses young girls can look up to.
Be it princess Tiana who breaks the spell for the frog prince or Anna who goes out of her way for her sister, these princesses are learning how to be their own hero!
Princesses sleeping for years and years or tormented by step mothers/step sisters are a cliché now. Girls prefer stronger characters who can take a stand for what they think is right and rescue their own selves. Here are the ten Disney princesses loved by girls all over the world.
10. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
She is beautiful, courageous and brave! This independent little mermaid knew what she wanted and did not shy away from going out there and getting it. She falls for Prince Eric and was not afraid to fight for her love, even if it came for a big price. Beautiful blue eyes, flowing red hair and a lovely voice, Ariel is indeed one of the most amazing Disney princesses. She is loved for her rebellious and adventurous spirit.
9. Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
Girls no longer prefer princess who do nothing but wait for a handsome prince. However, this damsel in distress has somehow managed to stand the tests of time. Snow White is still one of the most loved Disney princesses. This kind, lovely royal beauty made us believe in happy endings, no matter how tough life gets (evil step mother, poisoned apples and what not!). She may not be the badass, ‘save your own self’, new age Disney princess, but she certainly is one of the most liked ones among girls.
8. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)
Perhaps the most ambitious one of the lot, Tiana is the perfect example of the new age Disney princess. She had a full-time job and aspired to own her very own restaurant. She knew how to get what she wanted on her own and did not wait for a prince to help her out. In fact it is Tiana who saves her Prince. Tiana is intelligent and hardworking. Even turning into a frog couldn’t stop her from chasing her dreams!
7. Pocahontas (Pocahontas)
Pocahontas is an inspiration for young girls. Her belief in equality, her unique perception of the world and her moral strength is really commendable. She played the role of a peace keeper and was able resolve the conflict between two feuding groups. Her spirit of sacrifice is also admirable. She could have left with John Smith for a ‘happily ever after’ but chose to stay behind with her people as it was the right thing to do. This strong, independent and kind Disney princess will always remain a favorite among the girls.
6. Mulan (Mulan)
The character of Mulan displays characteristics like independence, courage and maturity and this is what makes her a perfect role model for girls. She risks her own life for her family. She even joins the army and proves her worth! Instead of waiting for true love, this amazing princess goes ahead and saves a whole country.
5. Merida (Brave)
At number 5 we have princess Merida from ‘Brave’. This courageous princess did not need a man. She was capable of saving her own self. She liked to do things her way. Though she started off being somewhat self centered, she eventually learns to think about others as well. She is into archery, spears and sword fighting! Merida is outgoing and forceful but has a really soft heart. Even though she often argued with her mother and disagreed with the plans she (the mother) had for her future, Merida loved her parents nevertheless. A rather new addition to the Disney family, Princess Merida is a hit among girls!
4. Jasmine (Aladdin)
The bold and fierce princess of Agrabah refused to be a “prize to be won” by the most suitable prince. Princess jasmine was not really looking for a husband or true love. She is free-spirited and clever and yearned for more than the sheltered life she led at her palace. She was an animal lover and even had a pet tiger!! See wasn’t always the damsel in distress. When the time came, the bold and brave princess Jasmine rescued Aladdin!! Looks, intelligence, courage, this brown eyed beauty has it all!
3. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
This pretty princess makes being a nerd look cool. She would rather spend her time reading a book than being obsessed with her good looks. Belle had her own aspirations and was not very happy with the kind of life she was expected to lead. She rescues her father from the beast and eventually teaches it how to love and breaks the enchantment! Belle and her extraordinary adventure taught us to be brave, adventurous and look beyond materialistic pursuits and outwardly beauty.
2. Anna (Frozen)
She is goofy, outspoken and funny and knows how to be there for her family. The socially awkward Anna is very relatable and that’s what makes her so popular among young girls. One of her best qualities is that she is really loyal. She goes out of the way to look for her sister Elsa. Though Elsa was the one with cool super powers, it was Anna who tried to set things right. Anna isn’t just another ‘too good to be true’ princess looking for a charming lover or a husband. This is what makes her so special. She was clumsy and awkward but possessed extraordinary courage.
1. Rapunzel ( Tangled)
Princess Rapunzel from ‘Tangled’ certainly deserves the top spot in the list of top Disney Princesses. She was not just a fair maiden trapped in a tower. Rapunzel is loved for her courageous and adventurous spirit. This brave little princess wasn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone in search of something new. And to tackle a bunch of thugs on her very first day in the real world, commendable! There is so much more to this princess than her long, beautiful, magical hair. A strong female character, Rapunzel was ready to sacrifice her own happiness to save the love of her life, Flynn. All these qualities make her the top Disney princess. Rapunzel is loved and adored by girls all over the world.
So these were the top 10 Disney princesses loved by girls. These royal beauties are known for their bravery, intelligence and the spirit of sacrifice for the ones they loved. So, who is your favorite Disney Princess?