Every little girl grew up worshipping Disney princesses. They are bold, strong, beautiful and outspoken and we wanted to be just like them. The Disney princesses are all unique when it comes to their looks, their storyline and their surroundings, but they have more in common than you think.
While Jasmine, Elsa, Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Alice and Ariel are all extremely different characters, they are very much the same. They are explorers and dreamers and they are desperately searching. They spend their days longing for more.
Whether it is Ariel trying to escape the ocean floor and live on land, or Cinderella trying to escape from the grasps of her evil stepmother, these ladies know how to put up a fight. In every story, they taught us to never give up. In the end, they achieved their dreams and of course lived happily ever after.
They are all compassionate and strong, but they do have another thing in common that is hiding right in plain site. Have you ever noticed that the Disney princesses are all wearing blue? Think about it.
Jasmine, Elsa, Belle, Cinderella, Alice, Sleeping Beauty and Ariel all rock the color blue. From Elsa's icy blue cape to Alice's sky blue dress, Disney’s signature blue look is not a coincidence. Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute told Allure that the reason they wear blue is to represent female empowerment.
The color blue is traditionally a “boy color." It represents dependability, constancy, strength and loyalty which is why blue suits are so popular and men and boys are often dressed in blue. Well, it looks like the color blue isn’t just for boys after all.
Blue is also the color of the sky and reminds us of positivity and hope. Eiseman says, “It's something to look forward to, to see that blue sky,” says Eiseman. "It's dependable. It's reliable. It might cloud up, but we know it's there."
Jasmine escapes the evil Jafar in those snazzy blue harem pants. Belle seeks adventure while wearing her adorable blue dress. Cinderella bravely sneaks away in her blue ball gown to go meet the prince.
In the new live action Beauty And The Beast movie starring Emma Watson, costume designer Jacqueline Durran made sure she kept the blue theme going. “There is a sort of refinement and crispness to light blue, but there's also blue in workwear,” she explains. “It is a practical color, and a color that you can work in. In that sense, it is full of active strength.”
While she knew she wanted to stick to Belle’s original look, she wanted to tweak a few things to help Belle stand out even more. “Though we didn't completely take blue out of the village, Belle is distinct within the town as the only one who wears a column of blue,” says Durran. “She stands out as different than her environment.”
Disney heroines are not the only female iconic characters living in blue. Dorothy fights the Wicked Witch of the West in blue. In the movie To Catch a Thief, Grace Kelly’s character Frances is wearing a blue gown when she meets the retired cat burglar who frees her from her boring life. In Westworld, Dolores’s dress is what color? That is right. Blue. So forget "lady in red." Blue is the new black. It is bold, powerful and rebellious and so are the Disney princesses.