As a victim of abuse by my own parents, BOTH versions of Cinderella mean so much to me. The story of an abuse victim still being able to grow into a kind and living woman just resonates so well with me, and I honestly think both films did a good job portraying that. It wasn’t just a matter of “why doesn’t she leave?”, it was more “is there a way out at all?”.
“People used to make fun of me because my waist looks too small for my body. When I saw Lily James was cast in Cinderella I was so happy because she’s naturally tiny like me. But when I saw how many people saying she was “starving herself” or “encouraging harmful body types” I cried. I don’t want to cosplay as Cinderella anymore because I’m afraid of that happening to me too.”
One of my favorite couples will always be Anastasia and the baker. I always grew up hearing that my cousin was prettier than me. But when I saw Cinderella 2 it made me really happy. Cinderella taught me that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and you can still find true love. I wish Disney did more to teach that lesson today.
I really love Cinderella and the live action from 2015 was amazing. Personally, I have a mother like Lady Tremaine so I know how it feels to be powerless and constantly abused. I feel really angry at people like her who throw their sorrow onto others since they don’t have the strength and power to continue being happy through all the bad things in life.
“i’m a gay boy who fully identifies as male, but i can’t help but wish that i, too, could be a disneyland princess for a day. i’ve been looking at photography of aurora and cinderella at the parks, and the gowns are so beautiful and the wigs are so lovely, i really begrudge the fact that i’ll never be able to get cast in a role like that“
“cinderella is one of the most realistic characters i’ve ever seen in any film, animation or not. the representation of an abuse victim constantly reaching her limit with her situation and life, and yet still managing to keep herself in check by recognizing how bad her alternates are is just so relatable. especially when she breaks down right before the fairy comes, not to mention all the times she loses her cool. she knows her stepfamily is purposely taunting her and she loses it sometimes “