#WCW: Princess Jasmine
A cartoon? Really? And not even a cartoon, but a Disney princess? Really? Yes, really. Jasmine may be a Disney princess, but she is far from the stereotypical princess qualities that Disney portrays (or used to). Princess Jasmine is a free-spirited, troubled teen who seeks freedom and independence from her traditional imperial rules and lifestyle.
Growing up, Jasmine was my favorite Disney princess, and while she still is, I appreciate her character a lot more now since I have a better understanding of what it’s like to be a troubled teenager. Jasmine wanted to live life without restrictions. She wanted to live freely, she wanted to live simple, and her rebellious outlook on those restricting rules is refreshing! I think it’s nice to see a princess that wants to live like “normal”/non-royal people.
As a Disney princess, she’s probably one of the most sassy in my opinion—which isn’t a bad thing. Not every girl, or a princess for that matter, has the kindest and sweetest voice, dreams of daisies and rainbows, and speaks to rats and pests and birds. Jasmine also has a freaking pet tiger… that’s so cool! She seeks adventure, she loves being excited, she likes to LIVE! She keeps up with Aladdin, who is a street rat… I mean, how cool is that? I always liked that she could jump over buildings with Aladdin and go on a terrifying magic carpet ride.
When I was young, I think the real reason for me as to why I loved her so much was that she was pretty, she fell in love with a “commoner” and not a Prince, and she had a super pretty voice. However, now that I’m older, I learned that Jasmine was the FIRST Disney princess that was ethnically diverse. After the Aladdin film was produced, consecutive years after, Pocahontas, Mulan and Tiana were created. All diverse princesses J That makes me happy because as you might be able to tell from my name, I’m Cambodian.
This blog may be silly… but Jasmine truly started a trend in the Disney space as the first princess to fall in love with a non-prince. After Aladdin, Princess Pocahontas fell in love with a man terrorizing her land, and Princess Mulan was granted the title not through birth OR marriage, but through saving China! And there are plenty more stories of love and royalty that are suuper different than the first five princesses Disney created. No diss on the old princesses, but I’m happy to see that Disney has adapted with the times and created more characters that people can relate to! <3 Much love Disney, much love.