Have you seen this?
It's a princessified version of famous women.
How did I miss this?
Recognize them? I knew some, had to look others up.
They are, from left to right: Marie Curie, Anne Frank, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Harriet Tubman, Malala, Hillary, Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Rosa Parks, Susan B.Antony.
Last spring, Disney princessified Merida, who was the heroine in Brave to look like all the other princesses. The reason was to sell product, but the problem, and the reason for all the fuss, was that Merida was billed as the anti-princess, she was supposed to be different from all the other princesses and to not care about conventional beauty and to resist the trappings. She was supposed to be a role model for girls who might want someone to look up to that wasn't all about looks. I think maybe Disney missed that point.
So this artist, David Trumble, painted this World of Women, where he depicted women heroines as princesses. It was meant to be a joke, a provocative image, a conversation starter.
I love the idea. I think it's a good conversation starter.
Let me start by saying I was a Barbie girl. I looooved Barbies when I was little. And I like being pretty as an adult.I like dressing up, I like nice clothes, and I like feeling that people think I'm pretty.
But I recognize that there's a lot more to being important, successful, or a good role model than just pretty. And the message that girls and women are blasted with is all about perfectly pretty.
And so Merida was important. Because she gave girls permission to be other than beautiful and still be successful and happy.
As all these women are important. In bigger ways. And they've been enhanced? reduced? to princesses.
And I love the ironic take on it.
I found some of the transformations more shocking than others. The most shocking? Maybe Anne Frank. And Hillary.