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Fun Fact: Disney Princesses Never Make Eye Contact With Each Other

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I was at a talk recently with Peggy Orenstein, noted authority on girls issues, when she mentioned that all the Disney princesses, when pictured together, don’t acknowledge one another — they’re always looking away from one another or directly at the camera. The reason for this, Orenstein explains, is that Roy Disney, senior executive and nephew to Walt Disney, was against the mass marketing of the Disney princesses outside of their respective stories. Because Disney still wanted to capitalize on the marketing of the princess, Roy consented as long as the ladies are not aware of one another.

Now I dare you to find a single picture in which this isn’t true.

(Photo: disney-clipart.com)

37 Comments

  1. Mollie Hemingway

    May 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

  2. Stacy

    May 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Thats DUMB. Put a group of girls together and tell them you’re about to snap a picture. Most will be looking at the camera. One will have her eyes closed. One will be holding her drink up in the air. One will be looking at a guy off frame. And one will be looking at the OTHER camera.

    I hate it when people make up dumb stuff to try to justify -isms.

    • Kristin

      May 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Exactly Stacy, why would they look at each other? They are not in the same movies so why would they make them interact when creating a pose for all the princesses?

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  4. caela

    May 19, 2011 at 12:43 am

    Am I missing something, do they need to look at each other? Please explain to me why this is a problem. And if anyone can, please explain why we are blaming Disney for girl issues. Last I could tell we have issues 1.Due to biology(we are very competitive) and 2.Mothers perpetuate stereotypes by consistently judging and labeling other women.

  5. Abigail

    May 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    One of the dumbest new “fun facts” I’ve heard recently. Our children don’t have social problems because the Disney princess don’t look at each other in photos. Trust me, parents are doing just fine screwing up their children all by themselves. I’m sure I am. 😀

  6. heidi

    November 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Disney Princess don’t look at each other because they exist in separate stories as was said. No conspiracy theory going on here.

  7. Mae

    January 28, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Who cares? Seriously Mommyish, we know you hate the Disney princesses (or anything pink that is marketed towards girls) but this kind of nit picking is just annoying.

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  9. Cree

    April 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    What’s unsettling about them not acknowledging each other? They can never unite. They can never come together to bitch about common problems. They will all suffer alone, never to know what good it can do to complain about how pinch-y their shoes are or decide to stop dieting. Since they’re all kept in their little separate biomes they can’t form a princess union or invent feminism. I bet that sounds like a joke, but I mean it.

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  11. Erin M

    March 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

    They never look at each other or interact because all merchandise has more or less a random collection of princesses (plus Cinderella) and they use the same two or three illustrations over and over again. You don’t want a graphic of Jasmine talking to Belle because then they can’t use that graphic on anything else that doesn’t include both of them.

    Do a little experiment: next time you see a collection of Disney Princess merchandise, note which princesses are together on each piece, excluding the ones where they’re all there. You will always see Cinderella, usually accompanied by any two of Belle, Tiana and Aurora, and everyone else is random. You see Jasmine a little less because she wears pants instead of a dress.

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