Emma Watson Is Remaking Belle Into a Feminist Disney Heroine

A stunning princess look of the British star.

Let’s face it, most of the beloved Disney princesses of our childhood were less than real world female role models. Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty mostly just waited for a prince to rescue them. And then, there was Beauty and the Beast’s Belle, an exception to Disney princess stereotype. She was brave and adventurous, loved to read, and even ended up saving the prince. But for actress Emma Watson, who will be playing the character in Disney’s live-action remake of the story, Belle actually wasn’t feminist enough.

In a recent interview, the U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador and HeForShe advocate revealed Belle would be more than just a bookworm in the upcoming film. “Well there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books. Also, what is she doing with her time?” she said. “So, we created a backstory for her, we made Belle an inventor.” She also had a say in Belle’s wardrobe, making sure she was never seen running around in impractical corsets and footwear because Emma’s own kind of Belle must be a stellar model for all the contemporary young girls around the world.