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Pretty Pretty Princess

Pretty Pretty Princess

A Woman’s Designed The Anti-Disney Princess, Except Not Exactly

As is often discussed by feminists and supporters of diversity, Disney’s Princesses do not offer girls the best role models, especially given the same-size Caucasian-ness of most of them.  Some of the Princesses are better than others, but in most ways the Princesses emphasize looking pretty, wearing pretty dresses, finding your Prince Charming and not a whole lot else. (As we’ve discussed, Frozen is a welcome departure from that on at least some levels!) So a California mom has begun self-publishing a series of books about characters she calls the “Guardian Princesses” with the goal of offering girls an alternative.  Fast Company described these as the “Ultimate Anti-Disney Princess” but the truth is that ultimately they’re a positive change but not yet a solution.

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Joss Whedon Willing to Trade J.J. Abrams Thor for Ewoks and Make Cinderella an Avenger

Of course Whedon is joking. But in this final tweet, at least, I think Anna Kendrick speaks for us all.

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Super Smash Bros. Adds BAMF Zelda As Fifth Playable Female Character

Because I wasn’t already excited enough about the new Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, Nintendo has announced the inclusion of a record-breaking fourth playable female character in the game. A Smash Bros. staple, Zelda returns as the baddest princess (come at me, Peach) in this new incarnation of the game that has ended a million friendships.

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I Will Take One of Every Single Item In This Frozen Jewelry Line, Please

Well, maybe they’re a bit outside my budget. But in an alternate universe where I have all the money I need to spend on animation-themed merchandise, rest assured that my jewelry box would be filled with items from VSA Designs’ Frozen line tout suite. A few more pieces can be seen behind the jump.

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Disney Ladies Turned Into Badass Jedi, Sith, & Other Star Wars Variations

We’ve seen some pretty great Disney/Star Wars mashups in our time and Ralph Sevelius’ latest is no exception. When he started the series, Sevelius admitted, “there has been so many reiterations of the Princesses” but that he really wanted to try his own. They’ve been so popular, they’ve already inspired some cosplay. Check out the gallery for all the fun!

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Teenage Girl Barely Old Enough To Drive, Races Monster Trucks While Waiting To Go To MIT [VIDEO]

According to her Facebook page, 16-year-old Rosalee Ramer is the youngest professional female monster truck driver. Sounds dangerous to me, but then again, so do most sports. Ramer looks more than qualified though. Plus, sweet manicure.

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Disney Actress Sings “A Whole New World” With Polite Drunk Folks in a NYC Bar

Lea Salonga, the singing voice of both Jasmine and Mulan, reprises her Oscar winning singing performance not just for, but with, an entire bar of folks who adorably hush up so she can sing her part of the duet. Apparently this happened within a subway stop of our office about a month ago, so maybe we should get out more.

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Disney Princesses With Beards Looks Better Than It Has Any Right To

Adam Ellis (you may remember him from his adorable Tiny Hats on Cats project) created a Buzzfeed post (perhaps in celebration of Movember) called “17 Reasons You Should Grow a Beard This Instant.” It included an image of Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast sporting a full beard as a formal wear accessory. The response was so overwhelming, Ellis decided to go ahead and put facial hair on a bunch of other Disney ladies. The results are spectacular.

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Even More Disney Princesses Dressed as Other Characters for Halloween

Isaiah Stephens wasn’t done after the six Disney Princesses her dressed up for Halloween as other fictional characters. No, he had to continue with characters dressed as characters from Buffy, Korra, The Power Rangers, and the X-Men.

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The Disney Cell Block Tango

An oldie but a goodie, if you’ve seen this already, it’s probably been a while.

(via Twitter Tipster Christine.)

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