2015 - 18th Annual Steven Galovich Memorial Student Symposium

Presentation Title

A Beastly Beauty: Disney Failing to Break Societal Standards

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Victoria Tinman, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Library 1st floor

Abstract

Since Disney Studios inception in 1923, Disney has effectively portrayed stereotypical beauty in a multitude of its films. One of the films greatly depicting this concept is Beauty and the Beast (1991). Disney drew from beauty standards dating back to the 1750s and continuing through present day in the animation of the characters in the film. Drawing from the literature on historical beauty standards in the 1750s (Cleave, 2014), and its influence on society during these times and present day (Cowley & Springen, 1996; Scherker, 2014), the stereotypes in Beauty and the Beast are highlighted. Through the use of these stereotypes Disney teaches its audience anything defying the beauty standards of the time is unacceptable (Davis, 2006, 2013; Putnam, 2013). Based upon societal ideals in 1759 and 1991 the use of stereotypical beauty in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast creates beauty standards rather than breaking them.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-7-2015 9:00 AM

End Date

4-7-2015 10:15 AM

Panel

A Deeper Look at Disney

Panel Moderator

Scott Edgar

Field of Study for Presentation

American Studies, Art, Cinema Studies, Music

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A Beastly Beauty: Disney Failing to Break Societal Standards

Library 1st floor

Since Disney Studios inception in 1923, Disney has effectively portrayed stereotypical beauty in a multitude of its films. One of the films greatly depicting this concept is Beauty and the Beast (1991). Disney drew from beauty standards dating back to the 1750s and continuing through present day in the animation of the characters in the film. Drawing from the literature on historical beauty standards in the 1750s (Cleave, 2014), and its influence on society during these times and present day (Cowley & Springen, 1996; Scherker, 2014), the stereotypes in Beauty and the Beast are highlighted. Through the use of these stereotypes Disney teaches its audience anything defying the beauty standards of the time is unacceptable (Davis, 2006, 2013; Putnam, 2013). Based upon societal ideals in 1759 and 1991 the use of stereotypical beauty in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast creates beauty standards rather than breaking them.