If Disney princesses were an essential part of your childhood, the world you knew has changed. Disney’s latest box office hit features and is named for a brand new princess — Moana. Moana, who is voiced by Auli’i Cravalho, is groundbreaking in a couple of ways. For starters, she is the first Polynesian princess. Moana itself, created by Ron Clements and John Musker, proves to be a valuable and realistic celebration of Polynesian culture and mythology. Maybe even more significantly, Moana will be the first Disney princess to have a realistic body type. In many ways Moana is the ultimate “anti-princess.”
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Instead of having the usual “wasp-thin” physique of a Disney princess, Moana is muscular, powerful, and beautiful all rolled into one. Disney creators say they felt it was important to create a princess who looked like she could physically hold her own as she embarks on a variety of journeys and escapades. In other words, Moana is a true heroine — smart, powerful, and strong. It’s about time. Unlike previous Disney films, Moana does not revolve around the stereotypical “princess’” love interests, but rather her coming of age story, yet another assertion of her strength and independence. Moana’s combination of strength and beauty will inspire young girls around the world to understand that beauty comes in all shapes in sizes. You go Moana!
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