Friday, 24 March 2017

Why Belle Is The Best Role Model

I'm sure you're all aware of the new real life version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast that has just come out, but you may not be aware that I am the biggest Beauty and the Beast fan. Ever since I was little I have loved the character of Belle and the story of Beauty and the Beast, my Dad has always said I was like Belle with my nose stuck in a book and my desire to go off and have adventures. I even included my love of this film into my wedding by naming all my tables after Disney princess movies and of course naming the top table Beauty and the Beast as well dancing to Tale As Old As Time as our first dance (yes I did feel just like Belle doing it). But for me Belle has always been a lot more than just a pretty girl  who falls in love with a prince and therefore becomes a princess, Belle for me was a real role model and as a little girl I would really look up to her as a character and dream of one day being intelligent, strong and courageous. After seeing the new film I was really happy with  the portrayal of Belle and how empowering she is for women of all ages and I wanted to share some of that on this blog.

1. She Is Different:
There is a whole song which I am sure we all know the words to about how Belle is a funny girl and doesn't fit in at all. She is different to all the other villagers and although she struggles with this and feels lonely sometimes she doesn't try to fit in but instead keeps going her own way. She wants something different from the simple every day, she refuses to settle down and get married but instead seeks adventure.

2. She Is Intelligent:
Belle loves to read and learn new things, something not encouraged in women in the town she lives in, and she is also resourceful and clever. In the new film adaptation we see Belle not only reading but teaching other young girls to read as well striving to learn more and educate herself. She helps her father with his inventions and begins to invent things herself to help with her daily chores.

3. She Is Courageous:
This is a big one in the new adaptation, he father likens her to her mother who was fearless. She is not afraid to fight for what is right and ride straight into danger in order to save some one else. She switches places with her father in the dungeon without a moments thought and risks her life to save the Beast from Gaston.

4. She Is Strong:
 Not only does she tell Gaston exactly where to stick when he asks her to marry him but she also argues back with to the Beast many times. She isn't afraid to look after herself and stick to her guns, she won't be pressured or forced into doing anything she doesn't want to and protects those not as strong.

I absolutely love the new adaptation and am so pleased with the way they have portrayed Belle, it is really important to me that young girls find strong female characters they can look up to and I am impressed with the direction Disney is moving. I think the choice of Emma Watson was perfect, as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador she is a wonderful role model for girls and women of all ages.  I'm now really looking forward to seeing what they do with the adaptation of The Little Mermaid! If you haven't seen the new Beauty and the Beast film I would really recommend you go, you won't be disappointed!



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