Book Magic: Celebrating a Plus Size Disney Princess

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A New Contemporary Romance

Disney Publishing is launching Meant to Be, a new line of books that will bring a modern take on the classic Disney Princesses.

This new series, which is geared toward adults, was announced yesterday by the Hollywood Reporter. The first in the line of new books will be a fresh take on the classic Cinderella story called If the Shoe Fits.

Here’s the official description:

“From #1 New York Times best-selling author Julie Murphy comes the first in a brand-new adult series inspired by the classic fairy tale stories we all know and love, perfect for adult readers who crave contemporary, escapist rom-coms.

“After having just graduated with a degree in shoe design, and trying to get her feet on the ground, Cindy is working for her stepmother, who happens to be the executive producer of America’s favorite reality show, Before Midnight. When a spot on the show needs filling ASAP, Cindy volunteers, hoping it might help jump-start her fashion career, or at least give her something to do while her peers land jobs in the world of high fashion.

“Turns out being the only plus size woman on a reality dating competition makes a splash, and soon Cindy becomes a body positivity icon for women everywhere. What she doesn’t expect? That she may just find inspiration — and love — in the process. Ultimately, Cindy learns that if the shoe doesn’t fit, maybe it’s time to design your own.”

If The Shoe Fits will be released Aug. 3, 2021.

Here’s the gorgeous cover:

There is a Disney princess, in a romance novel with a body type similar to mine. Make me blonde and put me in this dress and that’s me.

This is an officially Disney licensed property with a plus size princess. I feel like this is a glorious gift that I’m able to give to my inner child.

I’ve been happily weepy about this for two days.

I’m in my mid-thirties and I’ve done a lot of work to love and accept myself.

But if I could, I would get into a time travel vehicle with this article and share it with seven-year-old Emily. I’d wipe away her tears and take her away from the Christian school, away from the bullies, away from the teacher who was the biggest bully of them all.

I’d take her to a park and buy her an ice cream. I’d show her this fluffy Cinderella with her charmingly too big feet and her sassy smile.

Little Emily would note that she has charmingly big feet and a sassy smile. Which is true. She does and always will.

I’d look at little Emily right into her big, blue eyes and see her at that seven-year-old crossroads. It was here where she was so bright and happy. But a hard series of events was teaching her to start curling into herself. She was learning to hide.

I’d hug her and I’d tell her that she was never and would never be too big. I’d tell her she’s not flawed. Some people are just too small minded. That’s their flaw, not hers.

I’d tell her to listen to Mom and Grandma. She was a princess and deserved to be treated well.

I’d tell her that one day she’d find someone very special and he’d believe in her dreams, sometimes even more than she did, and he’d treat her better than she thought possible.

I’d tell her that on her wedding day to that very special someone, she’d be in a beautiful dress. A princess dress. I’d tell her that as she was getting her picture taken with her new husband, a little girl, just around seven, would stop her entire family and shout, “Look at the princess!”

And it would be her, Emily.

I’d promise that little girl that writers like Julie Murphy, Olivia Dade, Sarah MacLean, Marianne Kriby, and Meg Elison are writing books where she would see herself as beautiful, wanted, and awesome just exactly the way she is.

I’d tell little Emily that one day she’d be a writer too. As a writer she would help ensure that other women and girls were given the stories that made them feel powerful, seen, and inspired.

Thank you, Disney, for doing this right.

Representation matters.

Books are magic.

4 comments

    • You’re very welcome. This particular line of books is adult-focused. It’s a contemporary romantic comedy style or “chick-lit” book. Since romance retellings are so popular for adult romance readers, it looks like Disney is taking advantage of the trend and joining in the fun. It’s a smart move, and it’s very exciting that they are starting the line with a plus size protagonist inspired by a beloved Disney Princess.

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  1. This post was beautiful, thank you for sharing. This is the first time I’ve heard about this book and I will definitely be checking it out! I nominated you for the Real Neat Blog Award, the details are on my latest post 🙂

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