#Movies & TV
This Is Why Emma Watson’s Belle Differs From Other Disney Princesses
by Effie Orfanides
The actress didn’t want her character held back by anything, let alone her attire.
Emma Watson has taken on the role of one of the most iconic princesses in Disney history. And as if we weren’t already insanely excited, Watson has given us another body-positive reason to get behind the movie: Watson refused to wear a corset underneath her gowns in the film. According to Spoon University, Emma really wanted Belle to be a real woman, not a princess held back by tight clothing that did nothing more than show off her cleavage — and we can’t blame her!
The Harry Potter actress portrays Belle in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, coming on March 17, 2017. As you probably know, Belle is a different kind of Disney princess — one that likes to read books and question the things around her. Belle is known for being brave and intelligent, and it’s not surprising that Watson wanted to bring these qualities to the forefront.
“For Emma, it was important that the dress was light and that it had a lot of movement,” said costume designer Jacqueline Durran. “In Emma’s reinterpretation, Belle is an active princess. She did not want a dress that was corseted or that would impede her in any way.”
When you think about it, there really is no need for Belle to be overly sexualized or for her to “show off” her assets. Belle is busy and creative and needs room to grow as a person as she falls in love with the Beast. This is something that Watson wanted to bring to life and she wasn’t about the let that go.
The news comes in stark contrast to another live-action Disney movie, the Lily James-helmed Cinderella, in which the creators were criticized for the titular character’s impossibly tiny waist.
Though neither actress deserves body shame (if in fact, James’ waist wasn’t CGI-ed smaller), there is nothing more awesome than a woman standing up for herself and sending such a powerful message to other women. It’s not about the corset, per say. It’s about the woman, who simply doesn’t need to wear it to be important, to be heard, and to be adored.