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Princess Profiles: Aurora

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As any young girl growing up, I was in love with the Disney Princess. They were everything I wanted to be, everything I wasn’t. And there was one particular princess that held my heart hostage: Aurora.

Aurora was the daughter of a king and queen whom had waiting a long time for a child. During the gathering to celebrate Aurora’s christening, we meet the three good fairies, all of whom want to bestow a gift to Aurora. Flora gives the princess beauty, Fauna gives the gift of beautiful song, but before Merryweather can present her gift, Maleficent shows up angry because she was not invited to the shin dig, and bestows Aurora the gift of death upon her 16th birthday via pricking her finger on a spinning wheel. Left with no other choice, Merryweather gives the gift of sleep to counteract Maleficent’s evil spell. The fairies then take Aurora in secret and raise her for the next 16 years.

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Before we get carried away with a summary of a film that we have all hopefully seen (because it is a beautiful work of art that everyone should see), let’s take a look at what my young self was actually admiring. Aurora was a baby when Flora and Fauna presented their gifts of beauty and song. Why anyone would think that a newborn baby would need beauty is beyond me (this is the older, more wise me), but song I can understand. However, I know that when I was a child and for most of my adolescence, I would have given anything to have had fairies who could do such wonderful things for me at the wave of a christening wand. You see, unlike me in my adolescence (and actually unlike most humans in their adolescences), Aurora and her future hubby-to-be Prince Phillip seemed to have passed puberty with flying colors, without so much as a hiccup in their singing or a trip in their dancing. Talk about setting up unrealistic expectations. Ha. Speaking of unrealistic expectations: love at first sight. Again. Well, when a lady is gifted with the gift of dragon-slaying-beauty, I can’t imagine too many reasons why Phillip wouldn’t fall in love with Aurora instantly and battle to the death for her. If only we could all be so fortunate.

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Aurora inevitably succumbs to Maleficent’s spell, pricks her finger and spends the rest of the film asleep, awaiting true love’s kiss to wake her. Meanwhile, Phillip does all the work (with the assistance of the fairies, of course), escaping the dungeons, slaying Maleficent in dragon form, and finally climbing the tower to kiss Aurora, thus waking the whole kingdom from its slumber, and Aurora and Phillip dance into the clouds for their happy ending.

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Boy, what I role model I had. A princess who waited to be rescued, and relied on her beauty to win the heart of her partner…on the other hand, it’s not as if Aurora was an unkind person. In fact, she showed a lot of affection and trust to the three women who raised her without question. Not to mention, she trusted herself, and her heart when it came to the matter of love, which is a lot more than I can say for myself, at least, as I have let doubt in on numerous occasions. It takes a strong mind, heart and soul to trust the way Aurora does. And for that I continue to admire her to this day.

Over the years I may have lost my rose colored glasses, no longer willing to accept the notion that there is love at first sight, or that there can be fairies who can make you beautiful at the wave of a wand. However, I’ve managed to keep my love for Aurora close. It may not be the love I had for her from when I was a child, but she still helps me believe that true love conquers all.

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About Mayra Amaya

Mayra Amaya is a Theater graduate from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ where she also learned filmmaking. Amaya now resides in Brooklyn, NY where she works as an actor, writer and sandwich maker. You can follow her on Twitter (@amayasunwizard).
  • More princesses.

  • “I would have given anything to have had fairies who could do such wonderful things for me at the wave of a christening wand…” Such as? I know I would’ve asked for Belle’s library 😉

    Aurora and Phillip do seem “ideal” but adorable. Quite a lot of people like this movie and it is certainly a work of art with the tapestry-esq backgrounds, all hand-painted. Plus there’s Prince Phillip’s horse Samson, who is the first noble steed to topple his master. “No carrots!”

    • Mayra Amaya

      Well when I was a kid, I would have wanted beauty and grace and all the beautifully shallow things a girl could want. But now I’m totally with you on the library thing! Or superpowers. That’d be awesome hahaha

  • The most beautiful Disney Princess in my opinion!

    Although, I don’t believe that she’s 16. She looks in her 20’s, at least.

    • Most of the princesses are way underage. The only adults are Cinderella (18), Tiana (19), and Pocahontas (18), who is a bit of a cheat because she had two films in which to age. And none are of drinking age.

      • Them being underage is not a problem for me at all. What I mean is that Aurora doesn’t LOOK 16, she looks like she’s in her 20’s, lol!

        • Max den Hartog

          Do you think Snow White look like 14? All Disney princesses look older than they really are.

          • True (well, Ariel looked her age). I guess Aurora was the only one that I realized looked MUCH MUCH older than she actually was, so that’s why she sticks out to me.

          • Butteryfingers

            Don’t forget Pocahontas (she looked older). I do think Tiana looks her age though.

    • disneyfanguything

      what about the upcoming elsa? she looks 16. not 21. she looks way WAY WAY younger than Cinderella or Pocahontas.

  • meg

    Did I miss Cinderella!? :O Or are you not going in order? Or was it just a mix up which is totally fine btw?

    • Mayra Amaya

      Cinderella was going to be written by one of the other writers but they are currently slammed with a bunch of work so they may be posting it later in the series.

      We are trying to do all of the princesses but that may not happen — BUT we are trying!

      • meg

        OOOooooooh I see.

        I really hope you guys get the whole series done I love reading about how the franchise evolves, it’s interesting how it all changes with the time.

  • Ariel

    In all honesty, Aurora was never my favorite princess. I don’t hate her, or even dislike her, I just found her to be kind of boring. I know it may have to do with her being one of the earlier princesses when there wasn’t a lot of character to them, but I like Snow White and Cinderella. Maybe it has something to do with how much time I was able to spend with them in their respective films, while Aurora, being put to sleep for a good portion of the film, seemed hardly there, so I couldn’t get to know her. Nevertheless, I still enjoy the movie, it’s just my opinion. Great article! Will you be doing Cinderella? 🙂

    • Mayra Amaya

      Cinderella may be coming later (the writer who selected her is currently really busy but hopefully she can come through at some point).

      I think the other reason that you might feel this way is that Walt Disney was actually splitting his time with this film and the creation/conception of Disneyworld. What ended up happening is that the art had a lot of research and technology that went into it, making it one of the most beautiful classics in the cannon (in my opinion) and the actual story and plot fell to the wayside.

      Either way, a favorite princess is completely subjective. It could say a lot about the kind of person we are, or the kind of person we want to be, or not at all. It’s all a matter of opinion 🙂

      • Ariel

        Great insight! Thanks for replying to my comment. 🙂

        • Mayra Amaya

          No problem!

  • Elsa

    I take it you have never actually seen the movie? How on earth did Aurora “rely” on her beauty for anything (like, cough, Esmeralda, Jessica Rabbit, Meg, and later Jasmine)? As far as we know she doesn’t even know how gorgeous she is. Philip hears her singing (which is ironic when you hear the lyrics to “I Wonder”), is enchanted by it, sees her, then talks with her. And waiting to be rescued makes you a bad role model?

    Well, I guess you also find Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Esmeralda, Meg, Jane, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida bad role models. THEY ALL GOT RESCUED OR HELPED BY A MAN. Jasmine, Esmeralda, and Merida particularly get rescued quite a bit, despite being “feminist” characters. What a disgusting sexist view, that a woman is bad for needing a man’s help and a man isn’t good enough to help a woman. Goodness, girl, I hope you never, ever need a man’s help with anything, be it life threatening or just lifting heavy furniture. You might have to call yourself a bad role model. Haha.

    People with your attitude are why I feel so frustrated with the Disney fandom. It’s okay to shame the old princesses for not being aggressively comptemporized (which is not only annoying, but highly unrealistic) and, really, just not fitting in with modern feminist doctrine that women need to be masculine or outspoken to be good, but you can’t say one word about the newer more self-absorbed, rebellious ones (which is exactly why I dislike most of them- they constantly think only about themselves and are rarely responsible). you present the straw feminist argument that if a woman doesn’t go around physically doing things she “needs rescuing” and is therefore a bad role model.

    Aurora is one of the best. She is one of the most selfless princesses. Like Belle, she wants more, but is also too loyal and responsible to go after an adventure or anything. She loves and trusts her aunts, unlike pretty much every single heroine after her who think they know better than their own parents. *eye roll* She does the unselfish act of going to the castle to marry someone she doesn’t know to keep peace between kingdoms because she knows it is the right thing to do. Aurora is basically dutiful. Really, I’m seeing a lot of parallels between her and Elsa’s personalities. They’re both so responsible, selfless, gentle, and sweet. Disney would do well to acknowledge that it’s actually okay to have characters like this- GOOD, even. Not everyone relates to or likes the rebellious/tomboyish/self-serving/outspoken types.

    PS They didn’t give beauty to a baby, they gave it to Aurora so she would be beautiful when she grew up. I should think this obvious, especially when they show her grown up in the image.

    • Moksori

      Just out of curiosity, when did Merida need help from a man? The only men as even semi-main characters I remember being in the film were her brothers, father and Mor’du (the last of which was an antagonist, so I don’t see how he would help her?). It’s not the fact that “women shouldn’t need help from a man” that’s trying to be pressed here- it’s more the idea that “people can be independent and strong and do things on their own if they try”. In general, the characters that “don’t get helped by men” also don’t get helped by other women, either.