Women Shared Their Photos On Instagram and Disney Needs To Check Them Out!

Disney’s inclination to identify their actresses/princesses as straight size, really disappointed Amy Wooldridge and Michelle Elman.

Amy happens to be a 27 year old body-positive advocate from Chelmsford, England, (aka @amyeloisew). Michelle Elman is 24 years old, and she’s a body-confidence coach from London, England, (aka @ScarredNotScared).

However, they decided to dress up as their favorite characters they always wanted to be and took it to Instagram.

After giving an interview, Elman (on the left) had an idea which made her consider that how her views has turned bias against the scars she had on her head and torso after the surgeries she had to go through.  Elman had about 15 surgeries to treat a punctured digestive system, a tumor in the brain, brain cyst, bowel obstruction and there’s this condition known as Hydrocephalus. In simple words, liquid buildup inside the brain. “I don’t really define myself as healthy or unhealthy,” she says of her ongoing condition.)

While Elman was a child, she used to watch The Lion King, which is a Disney movie as many of you must know about it. The character in the movie who was known as Scar, changed Elman’s way of perceiving scars. “So many villains have scars but never the princess,” Elman says. “I wanted to show that there needs to be diversity in Disney movies.”

While being According to Elman, she agrees that the diversity of the size is important, indeed. While being temporarily fed by a tube, bedridden and not being able to exercise for up to several months after the surgeries she had to go through, has surely made it difficult for her to keep track of her weight and maintain it. “Thinness is definitely equated to beauty, so when I started gaining weight due to my surgeries, I knew that automatically exempt [me from being beautiful] — especially with my scars,” she says.

Since Disney was to be the known source of Elman’s self esteem issues, she decided to meet Wooldridge and to discuss about it. She met her about two months ago and Wooldridge was the biggest fan of Disney that she knew. After a mutual friend in the body-positivity community introduced them with each other, Elman and Amy became friends about an year ago)

Despite the fact that Wooldridge loves Disney, she speaks out about how she was affected by the movies that Disney produced when she was a child. She says, she noticed that how the thin characters always had the happy endings. “I was terrified of being fat, I thought it was the worst thing I could be,” she says.

Embracing their body as it is, has helped them a lot in accepting themselves, says Elman and Amy Wooldridge. To spread it furthermore, both the ladies decided to get together and post photos of themselves on the Instagram. While Wooldridge wore a Rapunzel’s costume, Elman decided to dress as the scarred Snow White.

They made sure to tag Disney in the pictures that they uploaded on the Instagram so that they would take note of it and diversify the cast.

There isn’t response from Disney as of yet. However, even if they don’t get any response from Disney, they are still interested in seeing diversity in princesses.  A disabled princess, a princess who has scars, a transgender and last but not the least, what they classify as a “fat” princess.

Elman says, “Avoiding using the word [‘fat’], or using it in hushed tones like is so often the case, stigmatizes fat people further because it embeds shame, we both believe in normalizing the word and using it in as casual a way as tall.”

Their Instagram’s post definitely had an impact on their followers. “I hope that [Disney] considers broadening their definition of beauty,” Elman says.

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