Frozen in time: when will Disney's heroines reflect real body shapes?

Disney's writers are clearly making efforts to produce less compliant female leads – so why are we still lumbered with hourglass figures, tiny feet and huge doe eyes?

With two strong sisters at the centre of the story, Disney's new animation Frozen seems like a winner for women. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, it sees the fearless Princess Anna travel the kingdom to find her misunderstood sister Elsa, who has fled after accidentally plunging the land into an icy winter with her magic powers. Sure, there are men along the way, but they're not the prize: this is about female bonding, self-awareness, independence. It's also a musical with cracking songs. Even the silly snowman sidekick is funny.

The snag is, both Elsa and Anna have the kind of proportions that would make Barbie look chunky: tiny nipped-in waists, no hips, long legs, skinny arms, pert breasts,
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