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Disney officials retreat after glam makeover of Disney princess Merida sparks protest

by Lauryn Schroeder
May 16, 2013


Merida image

11 Disney Princesses

Snow White
Cinderella
Aurora
Ariel
Belle
Jasmine
Pocahontas
Mulan
Tiana
Rapunzel
Merida


Disney has removed the "sexier" version of the 11th princess Merida. Instead of the tom-boy persona she has in the Disney movie Brave, her new look was curvier with heavier makeup. Disney received a large amount of backlash from the makeover, including an online petition with more than 200,000 signatures. Experts at Loyola University talk about how Disney princesses can influence young children. And Chicago parents respond to the controversy.