Now this is just my point of view, but I find it a little bit ironic that one of the most realistically portrayed Disney females comes in the shape of a pixie! When it comes to typical proportions, the average woman can more easily identify with a winged sprite?! I mean, not everybody has a beautiful hourglass figure! Having somebody who is a little bottom-heavy is comforting.
While Tinker Bell does
have a super-skinny waist, she is the only Disney female I have seen whose lower body is not exactly proportionate to her upper body.
When I realized this, it made me feel so
much better as a slightly pear-shaped person! (Hooray for Margaret Kerry
!) Unfortunately, the movie demonstrates that Tink is not very comfortable with her hip circumference. (Recall the scene where she’s checking herself in the mirror and gets stuck in the keyhole.)
It’s just a shame that we only find this type of thing in the secondary character department.
The über-skinny Megara
For the most part, the Disney princess have gorgeous bodies with unbelievably trim waists. (Don’t even get me started on Megara in Hercules
.) Though I can’t blame the Disney animators for doing this – they are, after all, supposed to be fairy tale princesses, right? – it does not help with the growing self-esteem issues in young girls.
I did not mean for this to be a criticism of the unrealistic body ideals that have been put into the minds of today’s young female viewers, so I just want to end this by saying, thank you, Disney animator Marc Davis
, for giving us an adorable fairy with a little "junk in the trunk." :)
*Margaret Kerry was the model for Tinker Bell in Disney's 1953 animated version of Peter Pan
and Marc Davis was the lead animator who brought her to life (as stated in Wikipedia