Celebrity Role Models Who Break the Princess Mold

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Princess culture is so pervasive that most young actresses will take on one of the iconic roles at some point in time. Even more than that, the princess mindset, one which focuses on beauty and romance instead of intelligence and independence, seems to infect so many women in the entertainment industry. They spend every interview smiling incessantly, giggling uncontrollably and making sure that their public persona mirrors those fairy tales that we all know so well.

So many actresses are content to let their appearance and personal life establish their careers. They smile down from the cover of People, gushing that they’ve found true love or lost a couple pounds on the latest fad diet. They act as living representatives for the princess culture that Disney and toy retailers have created. 

I’m not saying that these are bad people or even awful role models, but they don’t present a dimensional picture for young girls to grasp on to. By constantly letting their physical appearance be the center of attention, they send a message to their fans that girls are valued for their looks before anything else.

In direct opposition to those princess-like ladies, the actresses in this gallery take the time to express that brains are just as important as the pretty faces that cover them. These role models are smart, determined, dedicated to causes that are bigger than themselves and even a little “different.” They make ugly the new pretty and quirky the new charming. More than anything, they help moms everywhere show their daughters that intelligence is just as valuable as your appearance, no matter what gown you’re wearing.

America Ferrera


A beautiful woman who has no problem showing the world that ugly is nothing to be ashamed of and that your worth has very little to do with your appearance.

Demi Lovato

A Disney star with a cause, this young musician and actress is an outspoken activist in the anti-bullying campaigns. Lovato has opened up about her struggles with eating disorders and depression, showing young girls that it’s important to seek help for their problems, instead of trying to be the perfect princess.

Ellen Page 


Articulate, intelligent and involved in causes bigger than herself, this young lady became a star by playing a pregnant teen with humor and honesty. She self-identifies as a feminist, which is refreshing to hear from an influential woman.

Eight other celebs who break the princess mold!

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