- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Princess Jasmine, the female protagonist in Disney’s 1992 animated movie “Aladdin,” is getting a wardrobe change with a more modest costume, reported entertainment-news site Hello Giggles on Tuesday.

Gone is the midriff-baring two-piece outfit the Arabian princess wears in the cartoon feature. The new costume to be worn by actresses portraying the character is long-sleeved, with a neckline that rests at the collarbone.

“Disney has slowly been rolling out brand new costumes for all the princesses in the park, and Jasmine’s one of the last to get a new look,” Hello Giggles said. “While obviously an updated wardrobe is never a bad thing, according to those in the Disney Princess know, one of the main reasons for this change is that many were complaining about Jasmine showing her stomach — which is totally understandable, especially taking young body-conscious girls into consideration.”

The Jasmine character in particular has been under fire from feminists as well as Muslim critics in recent years as an offensive role model unworthy of showcasing to impressionable young girls.

“The majority of Princess Jasmine’s numerous flaws stem from the fact that she is completely inaccurate and offensive to her culture. From the clothes she wears to the way she speaks, Jasmine does not represent Arab or Muslim women at all but rather a disgraceful woman in their culture. Unfortunately, Jasmine is not a suitable role model for young girls,” complained a woman writing at FanPop.com last year.

“Had Jasmine been portrayed more accurately, she would’ve been far more like Cinderella, Ariel or Belle. She would’ve been braver, kinder and more modest. She would’ve had more grace and poise the way a princess should. The most accurate Jasmine was portrayed in Aladdin was in her purple royal engagement announcement dress. That is the Jasmine who should be sold to the little girls. Not the spoiled, impulsive, shrew-like tease version of her.”

• Ken Shepherd can be reached at kshepherd@washingtontimes.com.

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