… why I love Tinker Bell and admire Tiana, the frog princess

Having two girls, now 6 and 11, I realized there is a limit to how much Disney princess a human being can embrace. After co-watching these movies for the umpteenth time I constantly try to look for new messages or details in the story but my sad conclusion is that the Disney role modeling is primarily about marrying the right guy and/or be beautiful… save two wonderful exceptions: Tinker Bell and Tiana (from Princess and the Frog).

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The majority of the heroines in Disney are victims not in control of their destiny. They all need some other external support – a kiss, a prince or a fairy, or committing their own love – to make it. In a sense, in the real world, it is sad, and it is not the reality I would like our girls to grow up with. Yes, I know I sound boring, but I have seen these movies so many times now, so give me a break …

Our young girls and society need more women like Tiana and Tinker Bell, female entrepreneurs and female engineers, mature women who can prosper in a still very male dominated world where innovation will be key in the future and female lead SME is one of the most exciting categories.

I admire Tiana pursuit of her dream but I love Tinker Bell for accepting her talent and embracing it as a passion. Tinker Bell has quite a temper, is human, she doesn’t take no for an answer, she is focused, innovative etcetera … and off course beautiful. We all know the stats that good looking people do indeed, unfortunately, have an advantage in career making.  

In a sense, newcomers on TV, even if it is a blend story, like Winx Club, provide better role modeling for young girls.  Being beautiful simply is not enough. You need to have a skill, a passion, and combine those skills in a team (Winx Club) to solve a challenge.

Who would you employ? Cinderella or Tiana?

Who does your daughter imitate?  Snow White or Tinker Bell?

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2 Responses to … why I love Tinker Bell and admire Tiana, the frog princess

  1. D says:

    Depends. Do I want a slave who can commune with animals or a choleric, fairy whiz… Actually, I haven’t seen Tinker Bell, so in all fairness I have only half the facts.

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