Jewel Moore, a high school student in Virginia, has garnered some serious Internet attention with an online petition urging Disney to feature a plus-size princess in one of its animated movies.
The petition, which had amassed over 18,000 signatories by Tuesday, also comes with the strong message that the movie industry is perpetuating an unrealistic beauty standard for women by portraying all of its female characters as super skinny (similar to the main detriment of Barbie dolls).
"If Disney could make a plus-size female protagonist who was as bright, amazing, and memorable as their others, it would do a world of good for those plus-size girls out there who are bombarded with images that make them feel ugly for not fitting the skinny standard."
Disney is no stranger to criticism for its depiction of the female form. Even though they're animated, many of the movies's female protagonists are so anatomically incorrect, it's laughable.
According to a study conducted by sociologist Philip Cohen, Disney has a long time history of making its leading ladies teeny tiny — the latest, Anna of the movie "Frozen," was even drawn with eyes larger than her wrists.
So Kudos to Jewel for readily acknowledging that the media plays an important role in the standards young women seek out for themselves... we're waiting for Disney to admit the same, and hopefully they'll start thinking of their next storyline with a character who has a more believable body type.