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Many of us were absolutely RAISED on Disney when we were kids. We grew up with the incredible cinema releases of The Lion King, Aladdin, Cinderella, Mulan and The Little Mermaid, and it changed our lives forever.

The Disney princess role has changed as the generations got older (and more feminist), bringing more progressive films with 3D female characters such as Brave, Frozen, Moana, The Princess and the Frog and Tangled.

Kiera Knightly recently spoke out against the films, saying that her three-year-old daughter is banned from watching them in her home.

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When asked why, she said to "rescue yourself!" from the prince is a far better message to send to young women; "Cinderella waits around for a rich guy to rescue her. Don’t." Right on, gal, right on. Fight the power.

However, when we were watching the classic princess films as children, I highly doubt we realised at the time just how YOUNG they all are, which arguably makes the movies seem a tad creepy.

It's basically teens getting sexualised and sent off to live with a man who has privilege over them forever.

For decades, young girls have been seeing these characters as role models; they're compassionate, fierce, caring, brave and highly intelligent.

Many of the gals are preparing for marriage, but they're in their mid-teens. Seems a little weird, considering the men they're marrying are often at least ten years older.

For example. Pocahontas' age in the film was never confirmed, but in real life she actually met John Smith when she was just a 10 year old girl. Ew.

First up: Princess Jasmine. Aladdin's bae was only 15-years-old in the film, as a recent The Mary Sue article pointed out. So when she's dressed in red and is seducing Jafar (a creepy old man), she's officially underage…

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A key portion of the film revolves around the fact that she's obliged to marry a prince before her sixteenth birthday, which is three days away.

The Mary Sue also noted that Jasmine is a highly sexualised character, with Jafar commanding the genie to force her to love him. Alright…we're officially disturbed.

Plus, that waist-line is a fantasy; she'd fit maybe half an organ in there if she's lucky.

HuffPost has previously pointed out that none of the 'official' Disney princesses are older than 19, even though most of them are wed or engaged by the end of each of their respective movies.

Ariel is a sixteen-year-old who claims to be an adult, while Eric is the ripe old age of 18. So in today's day-and-age, it would be illegal for them to marry.

Granted, these films are purely fantasy, but it's pretty strange how they design the princesses as sexualised teenagers who always end up with an older man.

If this next one doesn't shock you, we don't know what will. Snow White is just 14 YEARS OLD when she meets her prince, and escapes from a cruel queen who tries to cut out her heart out of vanity.

The prince also kisses her while she's KO'd; problematic as f*ck.

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Kristen Bell has also pointed out issues with Snow White as a film, which was the first colour Disney animation and was released back in 1938.

“Don’t you think that it’s weird that the prince kisses Snow White without her permission?” Bell says she asked her daughters. “Because you can not kiss someone if they’re sleeping!” Hello, consent?

Fairy tales don’t have a stable form, and every era rewrites centuries old fairy tales to fit it's specific agenda or zeitgeist. Many Disney princesses were based on the 1812 Brothers Grimm tales.

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They changed their book of stories to adapt to 19th-century German bourgeois family values, so why can't we update them in 2019?

Cinderella was transformed into a live-action remake recently, but ZERO alterations were made. 

Our Chinese hero warrior Mulan, famous for it's WHOPPER tunes like I'll Make a Man Out of You: she's also sixteen. Yet she has to nurture a fragile toxic male ego, and marries him in the end.

Ok, then, it took a woman to fix a man's dodgy job and her reward is a lifetime of obedience. Sleeping Beauty's Aurora was also 16-years-old, and we've got another classic case of non-consent.

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While Disney has 100 percent made improvements for it's female characters, like Frozen's Queen Elsa and Princess Anna especially, and Brave's Merida (also 16); it's important to be aware of the classic films and their morals.

The live-action Aladdin doesn't arrive for another few months (May 24 to be exact), we have no idea if Jasmine will be a more marriage-appropriate age. The actress cast to play her is 25-years-old, at least.

Naomi Scott isn't a teenager, so let's hope her character isn't either.  Scott told Entertainment Weekly that her character’s goal is “really to protect her people, to do right by them," in December, so we have high hopes.

The eye-wateringly hot Marwan Kenzari has been cast as Jafar in the live-action flick, and he looks FAR younger than the animated character. He's a certified thirst trap.

We're relieved they're moving away from the creepy-old-man game, thank God. The movie looks intriguing, if just for a blue Will Smith as the genie. (Check out those memes about him, they're amazing)

Bring on the badass empowered female princesses, like Meghan Markle and the Thai princess Ubolratana who recently attempted to run for Prime Minister. Get it, gurls.

Feature image: knowyourmeme.com

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In July Cara Delevingne had a very awkward moment when she was on the promotional trail for her film Paper Towns. The model-turned-actress was interviewed by anchors for Good Day Sacramento when things took a turn for the worst. 

Things got off to a rocky start when one of the anchors introduced her as 'Carla', and then just went downhill for there. 

Her signature sarcasm and humour didn't translate to the American hosts and by the end they asked if the star was "exhausted", Her reply: "Perhaps it's just you," led to quite a social media stir. Once the interview ended the hosts continued to slate Cara with comments such as:

"You make $5m for six weeks of work, you can pretend to talk to Good Day Sacramento with some oomph."

We thought that everyone had moved on from the incident by now but it seems that at least one celeb still had something to add to the misadventure. 

Richard Madden, AKA Robb Stark from Game Of Thrones, made reference to the ordeal when interviewed by Style magazine:

"It made her seem ungrateful. It showed her age. For Cinderella I did 6 weeks of those interviews."

Ouch, don't hold back Richard. He added:

"If you're not capable of doing that gracefully then don't do it."

Cara did not take the criticism lightly and took to social media to sound off:

Fans reacted expertly:

Oh and then Richard had to come back and try to diffuse the situation:

When will they ever learn?

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A lot of lipstick/movie mash-ups are happening at the moment – but we have to admit, this might be our favourite one. 

After the Harry Potter lipstick line was launched a couple of weeks ago, Potter fans went crazy. 

But now it's time for Disney princesses. 

LA Splash have incorporated Disney's most iconic characters into their all-new lipstick line. 

The 12 lip colours play homage to everyone from Ariel to Nala and even the Evil Queen. 

As you might expect, Ariel is a soft and feminine pop of pink while the lippy named after Alice in Wonderland is a quirky off-track purple. 

Big names like Cinderella and Pocahontas have been overlooked on this occasion. 

Sorry Cinders, not this time. 

But we're hoping that means they're saving them for a follow-up line.

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It was Walt Disney who invented modern-day theme parks when he opened his first Disneyland attraction in California in 1955.

Sixty years later, Disney theme parks remain wholly magically places – and they’re big business too.

In fact, in 2013 alone its 11 parks around the world provided nearly a third of the company’s astonishing €45bn revenue.

All but one of the ten most-visited parks worldwide are run by Disney; the exception being Universal Studios in Japan.

And in total, Disney locations attract 132.5million guests every year – so it’s no wonder that they have to run like clockwork.

HERE, SHEmazing! unveils some of the corporation’s hidden secrets and tricks of the trade…

 

Disney doesn’t do smelly bins:

Bins aren’t emptied in Disney theme parks, instead small pipes vacuum rubbish underground at speeds of 100km/h. The process happens every 20 minutes.

 

Actually… it simply doesn’t do bad smells:

‘Smellitizers’ are hidden around the parks to maintain a pleasant aroma in the air at all times. So Main Street smells of baked goods – more specifically outside the Candy Palace it smells of mouthwatering vanilla and waffle cones. And the Pirates Of The Caribbean attraction is tinged with fresh salty sea air.

 

Tuck in:

Food is notoriously pricey in the parks, but some of it is actually free. Yes, if you’re hungry but don’t want to splash out on a burger, pop into Tomorrowland – where all the plants are edible.

 

Sleep tight:

There is a secret suite inside Cinderella’s castle which cannot be booked – no matter who you are. Instead, it is exclusively for promotional giveaways.

 

What lies beneath:

There are many kilometres of tunnels underneath the parks. They are used for employees and cast members to walk through to reach their destinations without characters being spotted in the wrong land. The tunnels also contain the costume departments and a resident hairdresser.

 

It’s delicious – and a secret:

In the Be Our Guest restaurant, ask for The Grey Stuff – famously referred to in Beauty And The Beast. From Disney’s secret menu, it’s a delicious chocolate mousse-like dessert.

 

Not lion around:

In the Animal Kingdom, there is piped chilled air on the ledge of Pride Rock – this encourages the lions to sit up straight, which in turns makes for much better pictures for the park’s visitors.

 

Anything is possible:

Construction for the original Disneyland in California began in July 1954; it opened within a year. At the time, it cost €15.5m to complete.

 

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Lily James has upset many of her fans with a recent Instagram post that has been branded as ‘racist’.

The post saw Lily, who is currently doing promotional events for the Disney movie in Japan, posing in a dusty pink gown with the caption: “’Shinderera’ premiere in Toyko. The final stop on our tour and it was a beautiful cold night, thank you!”

‘Shinderera’ is being widely reportedly as the Romanised spelling of ‘Cinderella’ with this being what Lily was likely referring to, however not everybody saw it that way.

Lily’s ‘Shinderera’ reference was also branded as a joke of bad taste that backfired.

This isn’t the first piece of controversy Lily has been met with since the release of the movie, with many fans blasting the size of her waist which many believed to be CGI. 

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Cate Blanchett does NOT appreciate stupid questions and this interviewer found that out the hard way. 

The actress was doing promotional interviews for the newly released Disney's Cinderella recently when she was asked a question that made her get a little hot under the collar. 

When asked by The Project's Jonathon Hyla how she managed to keep the cat in the movie on a leashe, Cate reacts flabbergasted, looking behind to her publicist before saying: "Is that your question? Is that your fu**ing question?"

Thankfully, the actress seemed to take it in her stride and even started to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.

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Disney managed to succeed in turning its classic animation film, Sleeping Beauty into the current hit that is Maleficent. But Disney isn’t stopping there, as its just revealed that they are planning to turn family favourite Cinderella, into a live action film.

The film will be released in 2015 and will star Helena Boham Carter, Lily James and Cate Blanchett.

After this amazing teaser, we are already excited!

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This year’s winner of the Oscar for Best Actress, Cate Blanchett, is set to shine in her portrayal of the evil stepmother in Disney’s Cinderella remake.

Blanchett’s performance was praised during a sneak preview at CinemaCon.

Cinderella is only one is a massive range of classic Disney movies, so much so that we are getting a bit sceptical.

Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolieis due for release next month while two separate versions of The Jungle Book are being remade also.

It has also been said that the 2015 remake of Cinderella has many similarities to the 1950s original in terms of storyline and costume design.

Which could never be a bad thing!

Helena Bonham Carter is set to take on the role of the fairy godmother. Surprisingly, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are nowhere in sight.

Lily James who plays the cheeky Rose in Downton Abbey will star in the lead role of Cinderella while her Prince Charming will be portrayed by Game of Thrones star Richard Madden.

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This modern adaptation of Cinderella for the Tinder generation will give you a chuckle.

We seriously doubt parents will be reading their kids this story at bedtime.

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