Disney princesses have been around for more than 80 years already, which means that several generations of girls have been obsessing over them, taking on many of their traits. Disney princesses aren’t perfect — they all have their strengths and weaknesses, and there’s something to learn from every one of them.
It’s hard to deny how important it is for young girls to have a positive female figure in their lives. YouGov conducted research on Disney princesses that revealed who people think is the best role model for girls, and we are excited to share the results with you.
1. Moana (Moana, 2016)
The princess who people think is the best role model is Moana, with 72% voting in her favor and only 2% disagreeing.
First of all, Moana is a princess with the most realistic body type among the princess gang. Beyond that, she’s respectful toward her parents and older people, she encourages others, and has her own aspirations that she’s capable of reaching herself.
2. Mulan (Mulan, 1998)
68% agreed that Mulan was a good role model for girls, and just 2% had a different opinion.
She proved to everyone that girls can do anything they want and be whoever they want, even if others doubt that. She’s definitely the bravest of all the princesses and does what she wants not because she’s fearless, but in spite of that, and because she knew it was right.
3. Merida (Brave, 2012)
Third place goes to Merida, with 66% thinking she’d make a good role model and only 2% disagreeing.
Merida taught us that everyone has the right and ability to change their destiny. She fought for her right to choose and broke traditions to make things better. And although she makes mistakes, she proves it’s important to raise your voice and stand up for yourself.
4. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog, 2009)
60% say Tiana is a good role model and 3% claim she’s a bad one.
Tiana is passionate about everything she does and dreams. Unlike other princesses, she didn’t have a lot and had to work hard to get what she wanted. Moreover, she didn’t fantasize about wealth but instead, dreamt about doing what she loved with all her heart.
5. Belle (Beauty and the Beast, 1991)
With Belle, it’s 58% against 5%.
Belle has the ability to see beyond one’s appearance and peers straight into the heart, and it’s one of the greatest lessons everyone should learn. She doesn’t fall in love easily at first sight or fall for a pretty face. Her love grows as she gets to know the Beast better and sees the good in things — even in what the Beast couldn’t see within himself — and gently changes him for the better.
6. Pocahontas (Pocahontas, 1995)
With Pocahontas, it’s 57% against 2%.
She’s a very strong female protagonist and is in touch with nature which is a good thing to show kids nowadays. And although she somewhat endangers her people due to her curiosity, she fights for peace and stays loyal to them.