What If Disney Princesses Weren't So Perfect

Israeli Illustrator Depicts Ariel & Co., Warts and All

Snow White doesn’t seem so pure as the driven snow after all.
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Snow White doesn’t seem so pure as the driven snow after all.

By Ido Kenan and Jonny Silver

Published November 13, 2013.
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When she was a little girl, it was clear to her that a princess was gentle and naturally beautiful, she explains. “When a woman grows up, her attitude on the subject is much more cynical and critical. Gradually she realizes that no one is born a princess. Even women with the ‘right’ genes - that’s also a question, what exactly are the ‘right’ genes, and where do they come from? - can’t live up to the ridiculous standards, even with her natural gifts. At the very least, such a woman would be forced to spend hours removing every hair follicle that somehow dared to sprout.”

Pimple alert

The perfect woman can’t weigh over 40 kilos. Her breasts have to be perky at all times, Siman Tov continues. “She must confine herself to constrained, gentle gestures and through it all, her face must not break out from the stress.”

She decided to deconstruct that process, the process “all of us women know about, that goes on behind the scenes. All of the painful, disgusting and downright stupid things that if a woman doesn’t do, will earn her ridicule and social scorn.”

The choice of Disney princesses was obvious.

“I want to turn the spotlight on what these movies don’t show kids, because it seems that it’s worse than sex and violence: that women have body hair and weight, and that the war against these things is painful,” says Siman Tov. “And of course, it’s possible to take this discussion seriously and use academic terms, but I prefer to use my illustrations to discuss the subject with humor, in pastels.”

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