Last week, imgur user FoxesAreCool shared a fun infographic breaking down the Disney Princesses in several different categories. While the graphic was informative, and even a little thought-provoking when it came to the topic of diversity in Disney characters, it did include a few hiccups here and there. Inaccuracies dotted the photo, but didn't really change the stats much overall, so here's a quick rundown with new numbers.
The teens have it! Overall, Disney heroines rest within the 14-19 year old margin, with many of the company's brave heroines taking on life-threatening adventures well before being legally able to drive by real-world western ideals. Let's not even get started on the legal age of marriage in these ladies' eras compared to ours - just know that within the 14-19 group, only Merida, Pocahontas and Anna end their movies unmarried (yes, there's Pocahontas 2, but let's not talk about that).
A little clarification on locations!
Agrabah, where Aladdin's Jasmine hails from, is located just off of the River Jordan - which lies east of Palestine and Israel and feeds into the Dead Sea. For the most part, you can call it 'West Asia'.
Sleeping Beauty's gothic architecture, the royal-but-humble fashion, as well as the names Stefan and Hubert all point towards Germany. It's believed that King Stefan's wife, however, is French.
Ariel does indeed live in the ocean, but The Little Mermaid is believed to take place off of the coast of Denmark. The gorgeous castles and rolling hills are indicative of this peaceful European country, and the movie's origin story officially takes place there.
According to this infographic, the earliest woman of color in Disney lore was Princess Jasmine in 1992's Aladdin. Yikes, Disney! Let's ramp up that character creation with more diverse heroines like [Moana](movie:2366693) in the next few years! While she's farthest from the princess ideal as possible, this infographic does omit [Big Hero 6](movie:425271)'s Go Go Tamago, who is Japanese. That's probably because this infographic was made before the creator saw the film, though.
The only nitpicking I have to do with this particular image is that Anna is romantically involved with someone by the end of [Frozen](movie:411685). It's not facebook official or anything, but they do kiss, and she does (probably) drop a hefty amount of cash on a slick new sleigh ride for the dude. So, I'd say that while she's not 'married' (and for a census, you'd have to file as single) Anna is certainly not 'single'.
It's not a huge surprise that the darker brunette category is also the most culturally diverse, and I'm glad that someone finally realized Elsa's hair is blonde, not silver. I could go on a rant about the lack of diversity in Disney, but several more profound pieces on that have been written, so I'll just let the graphic speak for itself.
If there's anything a team of Disney Princesses can do, it's probably survive a Zombie apocalypse. I do find that the 'singing' category is highly underpopulated (singing is pretty much a requirement when it comes to being a Disney Princess - heck, even Leia can sing) though I guess that characters were chosen because of their singing being an actual mentioned skill within their storylines.
While she may not have complete control of her power, I feel like Elsa's really missing from that combat category - she can summon giant ice monsters to fight for her, and can create ice daggers or giant icicles to use as weapons.
Generally, if you're a lady within Disney, you have some kind of sidekick (or the guy you're hanging out with does): more than half of all Disney women prefer to have company.
The one big mistake on this category is that Jane has one living father, and it's clearly stated that her mother is dead in Tarzan. Overall, it seems like you're most likely to have lost both of your parents as a woman in the Disney universe. Seems like these ladies should go to the same support group as Batman. Ho ho ho!
For the most part, fairy tale women in the Disney universe are either born as royals and nobles, or eventually marry into the family. Most of the women who don't, of course, aren't even at a "marrying age" within their storylines. Who knows? Maybe Lilo hooks up with the prince of space pirates. Stitch could introduce them.
Nothin' like hittin' the grind as a princess. Okay, I lie - save for the occasional poisoning, being a Disney Princess is kind of the best. Free food, multiple closets full of gorgeous clothes, and for the most part, a family that loves you? Give me that over a back-breaking 9-to-5 any day!
The most common eye color among Disney ladies completely blows the most common eye color in real life clear out of the water. Overall, most Disney princesses have blue eyes, with dark brown coming in as a close second. Belle is the only princess with 'hazel' brown eyes.
Ugh, pants. I can understand the feeling of wanting to avoid them. Granted, I'd take a pair of jeans any day over a corset, so if this argument is about comfortability I'd say that Mulan and Jasmine have it all figured out.
If you put all of these stats together, the most common traits in Disney women would make for a pantsless, blue eyed, brunette European orphan of royal status, aged roughly 15-18 years old with a goofy sidekick and the keen ability to sew. I bet she's a hit at dinner parties.