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Let’s Hear It For Curly Haired Heroines!

By Sheila Arkee

Going to the movies is a rare event but I actually had the chance to see the latest Disney film, Brave, this week. First of all, what an absolutely beautifully produced movie – the animation blew my mind. I remember when Aladdin was released I was amazed by the quality and now, twenty years later it’s an entirely new ballgame.

I was thrilled to see a strong willed, independed heroine who has a backbone and doesn’t look or act like the typical Disney princess. There was no running off with Prince Charming, a plot point which I think is sorely overdue.

Let’s talk about the hair – Merida’s curly red hair is a work of art! It also very true to naturally curly hair which doesn’t spiral uniformly. Let’s face it – curly hair is a statement. I have struggled with curly hair acceptance in the past and statments like this on the Entertainment Weekly website are exactly the reason why.

Crazy?????? Really? How about, no, let’s encourage variety. Let’s enourage self-esteem in children who have hair that looks like Merida’s.

On a side note, the movie is not Autism-friendly – my little guy was not happy about the noise level or the bears, which would have scared me as well as a little girl.

Have you seen Brave? What did you think?

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Leticia – Cosmetics Aficionado

    What an ignorant comment! I absolutely loved Merida’s hair. I have naturally curly hair too, and it is hard to learn acceptance of it when so many people label it unruly or ugly or crazy.

  • Monika

    I can’t wait to see it! I love seeing heroines of all different decents. I have friends that work at Pixar and they said that there was an entire software program JUST for her hair!

  • Megan

    My husband loved it! He is a redhead and you would not believe the crap he receives.

  • Sheila – Painted Ladies

    Megan – your husband’s hair is fantastic, I have to say. :)