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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.

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There's no doubt about it; Tyra Banks changed the face of the modelling industry forever. From starting a massively successful TV show on the concept of model-hunting, to fashion lines to movies (Lifesize, anyone?), the woman is iconic.

Her star is set to rise even further, if that's even possible, because apparently she's set to open a 21,000 square foot AMUSEMENT PARK in Los Angeles about models. Seriously…Just picture the level of fierce.

We, for one, were literally obsessed with America's Next Top Model; the show spanned 24 cycles and we watched them all. The television series had a huge number of hooked fans, so her Model-Land theme park should be a success.


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The woman is legit the Walt Disney of beauty.

She posted a stunning image to her Instagram, and captioned the snap; "My dream for you will soon be a reality. #ModelLand. A place where everyone can be a model. A place where all beauty is celebrated."

"I can’t wait for you to step into your light. Head over to Model-Land.com to sign up for more information." Oh, sign up we did. The veteran model recently opened ANTM for all genders, more inclusive body types, heights and rid the show's of an eligibility age limit.


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According to Model-Land's press release, the amusement park is;

"A first-of-its-kind experiential attraction, Model-land will intersect a fantasy version of the modelling world with state-of-the-art interactive entertainment, creative collaborations, curated retail, dining and special events." 

"The breakthrough new attraction is set to open in late 2019 at Macerich’s Santa Monica Place, the iconic open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination just blocks from the beach in Santa Monica."


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“I created Top Model to expand the definition of beauty based on my own pain of being told ‘no’ that I couldn’t do something because I’m curvy or I’m black. My empathy for women in general increased through the experience," Banks told Booth Moore of WWD.

Tyra continued, expressing her hope for even more expansion;

"And now with Model-land, I’m taking it ten steps forward, giving people the opportunity to engage with the elusive world by opening it up to everyone. Men, women, families, all generations can come and enter this model world for a day, have a fun shopping experience, and an eventful meal. This will be the first of many.”


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As a permanent destination, visitors will be able to "step into their light" so just about anyone can be a model. Banks spoke about her Disneyland inspiration, a place she went a lot as a child; 

"There is a storyline I have been working on for a year. Anybody can enter and feel like a model,” she said about the space.

Banks, as the godmother of breaking beauty barriers, is continuing her mission to bring modelling to the masses. She really does bring the industry into the mainstream, and we love her for it.

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Disneyland, California is unveiling a new fine-dining experience, available to a single party of 12 per night.

Called the 21 Royal, guests can book the experience for $15,000, which includes your entire meal and park admission. 

An exterior relief depicting the 21 Royal location is set into a brick wall

21 Royal is located inside the Disneyland Dream Suite, which was the one-time apartment of Walt Disney and his family… how magical?


The Dream Suite is themed around the different lands of Disneyland, and guests can explore each of the rooms, before sitting down to dinner. 

A female hostess prepares silverware for a dinner service at a mirrored silverware sideboard in a room with wooden cabinets and glass displays

The suite includes two gorgeous balconies, which is where your dessert is served, overlooking the Rivers of America. 


According to the website for 21 Royal, guests can choose the theme of the evening, and the menu will be catered around that.

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If you break it down, the experience costs $1,250 per person… but you can't really put a price on magic, can you? 

This is number one on our "lotto win" to-do list…



It looks like there's another major Hollywood break-up on the cards.

Stephen Spielberg's Dreamworks is reportedly in the midst of ending its distribution partnership with Disney next year. 

The deal was made six years ago in 2009, which established that Dreamworks' productions were distributed and marketed by the Walt Disney Company

However, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the deal will end in August 2016 and WILL NOT be renewed. Nooo…

Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator were among the movies that were produced within the deal.

Spielberg's big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG is set for release in 2016 and will reportedly be the last film released under the partnership. 

Reports claim that Dreamworks are set to do a deal with Universal instead. 


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.




It seems that Disney were having a lot more fun than we realised when they were making our absolute favourite film, Frozen.

Despite Frozen being the most popular Walt Disney film in recent years, and people coming up with all sorts of conspiracy theories about it, it seems that there was one joke the creators slipped in that we all missed.

At the end of the film, in the middle of the credits, the studio puts in an apology on behalf of Kristoff.

You may remember during the film when the character Kristoff claims that “all men eat their own boogers.” Well, apparently Disney decided to make it clear, in a hilarious manner, that this is the opinion of Kristoff, and not the company.

The statement reads, “The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers.”

The apology continued, “Neither The Walt Disney Company nor the filmmakers make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions.”

As we are still finding more and more jokes in the Disney film, we are also delighted that Frozen 2 has been confirmed and Kristen Bell is set to return to voice Princess Anna once again. 




It seems Meryl Streep is none too impressed by children’s movie legend Walt Disney.

Speaking at the National Board of Review Gala in New York last night, Meryl blasted Disney during a speech honouring star of Saving Mr. Banks, Emma Thompson.

The movie, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, chronicles the making of Mary Poppins during the 1960’s and Disney’s difficulty dealing with the author P.L. Travers, played by Thompson.

According to reports, during her nine-minute tribute to Thompson, Streep branded  Disney a “gender bigot” and went on to say that Disney had “supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group”.

However, it wasn’t all negative (kind of…) and Meryl did speak highly of her friend Emma and her contribution to the movie world; “Emma thinks, ‘Is this helpful?’ Not, ‘Will it build my brand?’ Not, ‘Will it give me billions?’ Not, ‘Does this express me, me, me in my unique and fabulous itself into all eternity in every universe for all time?”

Hmm, something tell us it would be a terrible idea to mess with Meryl.