character: charlotte la bouff

we are re-watching “The Princess and the Frog” and Tiana and Charlotte’s friendship still owns me
  • someone pushes Tiana at the party and she gets dirty and humiliated? boom, sorry Prince Naveen look alike, Charlotte needs to take her friend uptairs and dress her up like the Princess she should be
  • Charlottle has the money to buy the restaurant for Tiana but she knows that Tiana would never accept it, instead she makes her father hire Tiana and then her pay is enough to finish the amount of money she needs
  • Charlotte is the only friend Tiana has that doesn’t make fun of her for being always working, Charlotte wants to see Tiana happy 
  • The Prince is currently turned into a frog? Tiana doesn’t care how that happened she just wants to know who the impostor dancing with Lottie is and if he is dangerous to her friend
  • so Tiana and the real Prince are in love with each other? that’s perfectly fine!! Lottie wants Tia to be happy and if Naveen is her friend’s happiness then she will help them no matter what 
  • Lottie’s dream is to be a Princess, but she has no problem with Tiana becoming one first. 
  • Tia doesn’t make fun of Lottie wanting to be a Princess. So you wanna be royalty and have a good life with the love of your live?  go for it friend I support you!! just don’t marry douche ok? 

Charlotte and Tiana are 100% each other’s support through out the whole movie. Wherever their dreams are different or the same they truly just want each other happy.

So the other day I was watching The Princess and the Frog and I decided that Charlotte La Bouff doesn’t get nearly enough love and there’s a lot of reasons why.

Yes, most people who do love Charlotte think she’s hilarious, mainly there for comic relief and to fall unwittingly into Dr. Facilier’s evil plan. But Charlotte is so much more than that. She is an A+++ friend to Tiana and the fact that she is a white, upper class debutante makes this even more fantastic.

The film takes place in the 1920’s in the South. Do you know what it was like in the south in the early 20th century? It wasn’t good. Reconstruction messed up the south BAD, you guys. You still see a lot of fall out from that time period in terms of racism and social divides. It’s amazing that Charlotte and Tiana are such good friends despite being from such different backgrounds, but neither of them treat the other one any differently because of this. And even though Charlotte first met Tiana through Tiana’s mother, who was clearly a nanny or seamstress or another form of “help” in the La Bouff household, she continued to remain friends with Tiana even after her mother leaves their employment.

When Charlotte hires Tiana to cater her party, it’s not because she feels pity for her or her working class lifestyle. It’s because she’s like “damn girl, your beignets are fantastic, you have to bring them to the party tonight!” When Tiana is clearly going through an emotional time (after finding out she lost her restaurant) Charlotte literally DITCHES HER PRINCE to go comfort Tiana and make her feel better.

Charlotte has had everything in her life, and her only wish is to marry a prince and become a princess. It’s a silly, girlish dream, but it’s all she’s had because she could have anything else. It’s the equivalent of Rapunzel’s dream to see the lights or Aurora’s dream to meet her true love. She has such a hopeful outlook on life and fate having things work out for her, and yet even when she makes a deal with Naveen and he agrees to marry her, she realizes that Tiana is the one who found true love. TIANA is living out her dream and rather than get bitter, Charlotte GLADLY hands over her dream to Tiana. She could have easily forced Naveen to marrying her by kissing him before the clock struck twelve and forgetting about her friend, taking her dream that she’s wanted her WHOLE LIFE for herself, but Charlotte doesn’t even hesitate. “I’ll kiss him, no marriage required!”

Charlotte is a fantastic friend, showing us that it doesn’t matter which background you’re from - friendship knows no color and no social class. THAT is why Charlotte is so freaking amazing.

I wanted a Lottie La Bouff icon so I was going through screencaps of the movie and I will forever be marveled at how freakin’ relatable this girl is compared to other Disney girls when it comes to attempting to look decent during a ball, I mean

making weird faces while applying make up

adjusting boobs

sweating “like a sinner in church”

make up mess after ugly cry of desperation and stress

gosh I love Lottie