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The Strategic Reasons Behind Disney Princesses’ Iconic Looks

By Tiffany White

Disney princesses have a special place in every woman's heart, probably because we grew up with them and went to bed wearing Beauty and the Beast pajamas. But there's a reason behind your obsession, and a lot of it has to do with the clever ways animators designed your fave princesses.

For example, more than 55 animators designed Pocahontas, and Snow White took years to fully create. That's because the studios were thinking strategically when creating these iconic characters, and the reasons behind certain characteristics that seem fairly innocuous to us (like why Ariel's hair is red), are actually quite significant. 

Here's a brief rundown of why your fave Disney princess looks the way she does:

The Little Mermaid's Ariel