The Princess Diaries has multiple characters and scenes that portray feminism, which is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Like I had previously mentioned in my last blog post about Mia Thermopolis, she spends the majority of the movie struggling with the decision to choose a life of power. She grows up surrounded by feminist and strong women, including her best friend Lilly and her artist single mother, Helen. She then meets her grandmother who is a powerful, independent woman as well. She has all these feminist women around her that make positive impacts on her life.
One of the more prominent scenes that shows feminism is when her best friend Lilly reacts to Mia’s makeover. Lilly is shocked when Mia gets a makeover just because she is princess and that she should not be changing who she is just because she is introduced to this new world. Lilly is one of those characters that you can tell from the start is very passionate about issues, especially women. She is one to stop jokes about women and stand up for herself and all women. She is shocked when Mia feels like she had to change her appearance because she is a new-found princess and she thinks that Mia is perfect the way she is. Lilly thinks Mia should be using her royalty for good and not be giving in to the pressures of her grandmother. It takes until the end of the movie for Mia to truly feel comfortable about herself and realize all the power she has to be proactive as a princess.
In one of the final scenes of the movie Mia makes her speech when she announces that she is going to take on the role of Princess of Genovia and she states, “ if i were Princess of Genovia, then my thoughts and the thoughts of people smarter than me would be much better heard, and just maybe those thoughts could be turned into actions.” From the beginning to the end of the movie Mia becomes this shy, nerdy high school girl to a princess and she is transformed to a woman with power, who wants to make a change with this power. She goes from a girl who looks up to other females to a role model that all girls can look up to. She becomes a strong female character that has the ability to make a difference as princess.
Mia uses her position as princess for positive actions rather than just being able to say she has the power. She is a positive influence for both younger and older girls. She fits our class idea of young adult heroine by being a normal girl who rises to action when she is called to be princess. Rather than some people of royalty in movies and novels that you see today, they like the power and fame rather than doing good with their power. Mia is different because she struggles with the decision to become princess because she likes to be invisible and she would be giving that up for royalty. She is a positive and real role model for young adult girls who uses her royalty for good.