Could the noses of Disney princesses — and those of Disney villains — be sending a harmful message to kids? One viral TikTok seems to think so — and a new rhinoplasty trend might just support the theory.
TikTok account @gangbanger_0 gained over 5.3 million views, 723,000 likes and 4,500 comments after uploading a video pointing out what the noses of Disney princesses all have in common.
Now, much like the woman who caught an “unsettling” Minnie Mouse animation detail in “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” the viral video has many taking a closer look at Disney’s animation choices.
The video, set to the song “Remember You Omnichord” by Mars Bars, quietly circles the nose of each princess.
In each shot — whether it be Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” or Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” — the nose is almost identical: dainty, slender, and slightly upturned.
However, when the video switches focus to famous Disney villains — such as Jafar from “Aladdin,” Madame Medusa from “Rescuers Down Under” or the Evil Queen from “Snow White” — it’s clear that evil-doers’ noses look very different: large, elongated and often aquiline.
“That must be so confusing for a little girl,” read the lyrics at the end.
@gangbanger_0 is not the only TikToker to make this observation about Disney noses.
Another content creator, @robinreaction, posed it to viewers as a question: “How much nose is a Disney Princess allowed to have?”
The answer, according to @robinreaction, depends on when exactly the princess was drawn. The earlier the princess, the smaller and less defined the nose.
However, villains depicted in the exact same movies have incredibly defined noses — often including such details as deep nasolabial folds or warts.
“One of the easiest ways to tell if a woman is going to be evil, or just very unf**kable, is to see if they have a nose that actually resembles a nose,” @robinreaction posits.
While some might disagree with this theory, there’s no question that the beauty standard of Disney princesses has had an impact on society — as evident in the latest trends in cosmetic surgery.
Search the tag #disneyprincessnose on TikTok, and you’ll see the term has drawn over 640,000 views. Its alternate name, #barbienose, yields over 74 million views.
According to Dr. Harun Acipayam, a plastic surgeon and ENT specialist, the Disney princess/Barbie nose is described as “a curved and thin nose [with] a small and rotated (upturned) nose tip.” He goes on to describe it as “a cute and very feminine nose structure.”
“that’s where I got my insecurities from”
TikTokers were blown away by the viral videos exposing this beauty trend.
“Finally someone said it,” TikTok user @akiakki99 wrote in response to @robinreaction‘s video.
“I noticed this as a kid and I HATED it. why was it I could only ever find my nose shape on a villain 😭,” commented @mildlydampsocks.
“me and my large nose my whole childhood 🥲,” wrote @redforrampion29.
“aaanndd that’s where I got my insecurities from. Being called a witch from childhood on bc of my nose due to Disney,” shared @die___alexa.
“As a large nosed child I integrated this HARD in the 90’s. Now it’s my favorite part of my face and people compliment it, but that struggle was gnarly,” commented @pandorayoungart.
However, some users didn’t see the big deal .
“They’re princesses…they have soft features while villains have rough, sharp features, it ain’t that deep,” wrote @definitely_not_the_fsb.
“Why do you care tho? It’s an art style chill out lol,” commented @thedanielsheppard.
Others doubted the children would even notice the princesses’ noses.
“I mean, I doubt any little girl is paying attention to that,” user @person20862 wrote.
To that, @coocuu10 countered, “Everyone saying that kids don’t notice… that’s the POINT. Have you guys ever heard of your subconscious before? Implicit memory??”
In The Know by Yahoo reached out to Walt Disney Studios for comment, but has not yet received a response.
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