There’s a video on YouTube of Toni Braxton singing as Belle on the Rosie O’Donnell show. Seeing it really inspired me, because it showed that a person of color could play Belle. I’m half-white but I have a lot of ethnic features from my mom that might make others think I couldn’t play her. Now I’m more determined than ever to reach for that dream.
Belle is my favorite Disney princess. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved the Beauty and the Beast movie, because Belle was the first Disney girl who was just like me. A bookworm who lived with a single father and who found comfort in the world of fantasy and romance.
Belle was the first time I saw someone who didn’t feel like she belonged anywhere and loved to read. The scene where she’s spinning on top of the hill made me get choked up because I finally felt like someone, somewhere understood me. As a 6 year old, those are really big feelings.
My husband and I are divorcing. I’m telling people it was because he cheated on me. It’s really because our son wanted to dress up as Belle for Halloween and I let him, and my husband lost his mind and said he was going to go to Hell if he didn’t start “acting like a boy.”
I relate a lot with Belle especially with our physical appearances, love of books, and us both being considered outsiders. but lately I’ve been considering on dying my hair and I’m worried that when I do, people will no longer compare me to her and it sounds extremely selfish, but it really brightens my day when people say I look or remind them of a Disney princess I admire greatly. So I’m conflicted between keeping my hair the way it is or dying it a really unique color.
As a child, I used to hate reading but Belle was (still is) my favorite princess. I loved her so much that I wanted to become more like her so sometime in middle school I forced myself to pick up books more often and read. Long story short, this spring I’m going to graduate with my master’s in literature!
My husband and I went to WDW for our honeymoon. Our wedding was BATB themed, and Belle is my favorite, so I was super excited to meet her. I know she’s just an actress but I really wanted to tell her how much I admired her. However, she did not let me speak at all, and kept talking down to me as if I was one of the kids. I wasn’t mad, and I understand it’s her job, but I couldn’t help but feel disappointed.
I used to be made fun of for my love of books in elementary school and I really looked up to Belle during that time since she was just like me. Superficially, we both had brown hair and brown eyes, but more importantly, she was different and an outcast to everyone around her, but didn’t care because she found belonging in what she loved most, reading. If I’m honest, Belle helped me cope with a lot of problems as a kid and a teenager and I will always love her for that.
on homecoming week when I was in 9th grade, one theme was movie characters. I wanted to dress as Belle bc she’s my fave Disney character and I love to read like her and I have green eyes and hair like her. When I came to school in my Belle dress (the blue one) a girl came up to me, narrowed her eyes, and asked if I was a milk maid. I was so embarrassed that I cried. But a girl in my grade was dressed as Snow White, so I felt way better! Snow and I even took a picture together.