>>Study: Disney Princesses Don't Harm Kids' Self-Esteem, Body Image
(Davis, CA) -- A new study pushes back against the common complaints about Disney princesses. Researchers at the University of California-Davis say beautifully thin princesses like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty did not harm kids' sense of self-esteem and body image. Kids who loved the princesses with "thinner" bodies didn't have lower self-esteem because of it. And kids who loved princesses with more average or athletic bodies, like Merida, Moana, and Mulan, were more likely to be confident about their own bodies and more active in the ways they played. The study is published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media.