As a child, I always admired and looked up to the Disney characters and princesses. I have come to realize that some are definitely more admirable then others, and I I have carefully selected which Disney heroines I look up to the most, and how they have impacted me.
The main character in the movie Mulan, Fa Mulan is probably one of my very favorite Disney heroines, as she literally fights for what she wants, risking everything and defying stereotypes in order to save her family and her own honor within her community. She is passionate and defies the limits of what is considered possible for a women, and this is what makes her a perfect heroine.
Although not one of the more commonly talked about heroines, she is still one that I believe is important and a great example of someone young children should look up to. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, she stands up for Quasimoda when nobody else will. She teaches that one should not be judgmental, but instead is kind to all.
The daughter of Simba and Nala, Kiara makes an appearance in The Lion King 2. An adventurous little lion, Kiara gets herself into all sorts of trouble due to her curiosity and free spirit. What I believe makes Kiara a heroine is the fact that she is able to look past the differences amongst the various lion tribes, ultimately bringing them together.
Jasmine is a strong heroine, who helps her father run the kingdom. She stands up for what she believes is right, particularly in the realm of politics, even if that means standing up to her father. She often puts others before herself, and she wishes to use her power in the kingdom for good. She is independent and speaks her mind whenever necessary, making her a great heroine.
Finally, Jane from Tarzan is another one of my top heroines because I admire her fearlessness and adventurous spirit. She is capable of teaching an ape-man to speak english as well as drawing, exploring, and eventually joining the ape community. She faces challenges that many would consider impossible, but she completes them with a good spirit and never strays from her beliefs.