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.
My husband is extremly tall burly& I’m a brunette bookworm. We both love Beauty&the Beast and get compared to Belle and Beast by friends, family, even strangers. Some friends are upset that we didn’t dance to ‘Tale as Old as Time’ as our 1st wedding dance but I think it would have been weird& mean to reinforce the idea of him being in a fairytale cursed monster form during our wedding. I think it’s fun for a Halloween/cosplay but I didn’t want BATB to define the first dance in our married life.
One of the best experiences of my life was when I got to meet Paige O’Hara a few years ago at this place called Frank & Sons. She was so nice and friendly, and she signed a print of a Beauty and the Beast painting, “To [my name] Love Paige O’Hara ‘Belle.’” To this day I still have that on my wall, as well as the picture of us together on my phone, mainly as proof for when I tell people that I’ve met an actual Disney princess.
Beauty and the Beast & The Hunchback of Notre Dame have shaped me into the person I am today. Looks don’t matter to me. Personality, empathy, intelligence, kindness towards animals, and a sense of humor, are traits that mean more to me, than money, style, a perfect body, or a handsome face. Without these films, I would be a different person, with different values. These films mean a lot to me. They show how I view the world. I see so much of myself in Belle, the Beast, and Quasimodo.
There are many Disney lyrics that have impacted me but one of my absolute favourites is this one because I relate to Belle: “I want adventure in the great wide somewhere, I want it more than I can tell. And for once it might be grand to have someone understand I want so much more than they’ve got planned.” Her desire to do something with her life and be independent is why she inspires me, and why I love this character.
I was kind of disappointed when I found out the reason why Emma Watson turned down the role for Cinderella in the live-action remake was simply because Cinderella was “too passive” and she even went on to say that Belle was a better role model than her, which kind of upset me since I’ve looked up to Emma for a long time and then she just kind of bashes my favorite princess like that. She didn’t need to make Belle look good by insulting Cinderella.
TRIGGER WARNING- SUICIDE: I’ve decided that when i kill myself, I’m going to wear my Belle pendant. Some stupid part of me thinks if I do, i’ll come back as someone like her.
I used to hate my brown hair and brown eyes since I felt like I looked boring and uninteresting until one day when a little girl told me I looked like Belle.
It would be nice if Disney made a movie with a heroine who wasn’t a princess to begin with. Perhaps we wouldn’t have to deal with the idea to fit criteria and such. I don’t think girls need a role model in every female character they come across, just a character who’s human would be enough. I can’t bring myself to like a princess in particular exactly because they’re too much of a goal to aim as a person and not a human I can relate to.