Here’s a question for you – who’s your favorite Disney princess? We’ve all had this debate before and everyone has a different answer. My favorite used to be Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, until I grew up and realized all she does is sleep and wait for her prince to save her. (Actually, now that I think about it, that sounds pretty nice.) Now, my choice favors a more independent and educated princess. Yup, you guessed it, Belle from Beauty and the Beast. It would be an understatement to say I’m looking forward to the upcoming live-action remake. I’m downright ecstatic! I know all the lines and songs from the movie, so I pray you’re not sitting next to me in the theatre. If you are, I’ll be the one reciting them along with the characters.
As mentioned above, I adore the independent-woman attitude of Belle and the passion she has for reading. She doesn’t consider marriage to be her primary aim in life (take that, Gaston) and is fierce in protecting the ones she loves. She doesn’t wait around for someone to save her, often taking matters into her own hands and eventually getting into trouble because of it. I consider these inspirational characteristics that females of every age can learn from. Perhaps your decision isn’t always the best, but you learn from your mistakes, right? Plus, education is power. There’s no right or wrong age to educate oneself. This is a topic that is very dear to my heart.
I tried to think what Belle would be like if she lived in today’s world. I think she would maintain her ferocity and independence, while still being timelessly beautiful. She’d still wear her humble dresses, but pair them with combat boots. After all, you need something sturdy to walk around the village and farm every morning. Only…her village would likely be the city (Manhattan) or at least somewhere close, like Long Island City.
I tried channeling the new-age Belle with this dress from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast collection for women. Additionally, I paired the vintage-ish dress with a dark cape and combat boots. Lastly, I colored the tips of my hair a mintish green to add an edge to the ensemble.
The story of Beauty and the Beast revolves around a woman who faces adversity with a brave face and encourages people to eliminate ignorance from their minds. It’s a tale as old as time, but we can all rewrite it for ourselves.