On January 24, Jewel Moore, a 17-year-old junior at Fuqua High School in Farmville, Virginia, launched a Change.org petition asking Disney to give us an interesting female character who isn't stick-thin. As of Friday afternoon, it had almost 2,000 signatures. Jewel says that being a plus-size kid has been a struggle, and the point of her campaign is to help younger girls feel better about themselves. "I know the characters are just cartoons but they give girls their first impressions of real-life women," Jewel tells Yahoo Shine. "Now that I’m almost an adult, cartoons don’t impact my confidence, but I have small cousins and I want them to see a wide representation of women. If plus-size girls see characters that look like them succeed, it would show them that they can do anything."
I personally would love to see a plus size princess grace the Disney screen. What are your thoughts about the petition started by Jewel? Tweet us @TheBLKSocialite and let us know. Your tweets may appear in our live Twitter feed.
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Photo: Jewel Moore
Stephen "TheeBlackSocialite" Hale