This infographic was made by three members of the Buzzfeed staff to illustrate the demographics of women in Disney movies (including princesses). Some of the areas of research shown are which country they are from, what age they are, and their royal status.
This infographic shows that most of the princesses are between the ages of 14 and 20 years old. Most of the princesses (57.1% ) were married by the end of their films. This might show that the princesses are dependent on love for security and happiness, or it may simply be a by-product of their happily ever after. Only two of the princesses wear pants in their film, which implies that by making the other Disney princesses wear skirts, Disney is enforcing the stereotype that women shouldn’t wear pants. In the 1940s, women who worked at Disney weren’t allowed to wear pants to work, but I think Disney employees now would agree that in this society and time, women can wear whatever they want. I think the main reason that princesses in Disney movies wear skirts and dresses is because of the time period they come from, where women mostly wore dresses. However, Mulan wears pants because she is masquerading as a man in war, and Jasmine wears harem pants because they were a popular style for Arabic women, even many years ago. Many of the princesses are listed under the employment section as “princesses,” but the infographic fails to account for Tiana, who owned her own restaurant, and therefore was a successful business owner as well as a princess. Most of the princesses are Caucasian, and most of them are from Europe. Disney usually tries to match up the princesses’ native countries with the country where their original fairytale came from. One major exception to this is Tiana. The original tale of the Princess and the Frog is from Europe, but Disney took creative license and changed the setting of the movie so that it takes place in New Orleans in the 1920s.
Chirico, Kristin, Leonora Epstein, and Justine Zwiebel. “An In-Depth Analysis Of 21 Disney Female Leads.” BuzzFeed. Buzzfeed, 4 Dec. 2014. Web. 07 Apr. 2015.