Open letter to Disney.
You really don’t have to shy away from the archetypical Disney Princess. Really, this new trend of making every new princess a Strong Independent Woman going on a sparkly pink plastic adventure and picking up a sword for a few seconds while shunning the “princess” label is getting old, fast.
There’s absolutely no reason to dump on the original princesses. Especially when you base it on sweeping stereotypes that don’t even apply to the characters you’re trying to mock (Snow White was never canonically married, Aurora knew Philip for about as long as Anna knew Kristoff, Cinderella was literally an abuse victim looking to escape, Ariel was interested in human culture long before she even met Eric, Jasmine didn’t even want to be married until she met a man she actually loved for who he was, Belle spent who knows how long with Adam before the two warmed up to each other, the list goes on).
You’re not suddenly being more relatable to girls just because this new breed of princess has no love interest and wacky hair physics flying in her face all the time. And how is giving the new princesses superpowers supposed to make her more relatable to the average girl (nothing wrong with superpowers but…how many girls have to deal with control of the elements as one of their many life problems)?
Honestly just give me a traditionally feminine princess who loves to wear dresses and sing to animals and doesn’t take crap from people who want to mock her for it. When someone says she’s a princess, she gladly accepts that title and reminds them it’s one that implies power and prestige and authority. She doesn’t need a sword or superpowers to be strong, she can be an unstoppable force of nature in her own right.