In 2012, Disney released a line of villain dolls depicting Ursula, the classically full-figured Sea Witch from The Little Mermaid as a designer, couture, size zero.
From one rolling midsection and
tameless will to another, my sweet Ursula — I cannot imagine the sick flip
of your stomach, to see your image dissected, chins shaved
waist cinched, your silhouette robbed of every ounce of
To find after two decades of existence that
your evil was more worthy of preservation
than the iconic body that held you, you — big lady, were the only Disney character
who ever looked like me.
And while you may not have had the
waist-line of a princess
I'll be goddamned if you didn't have
the swagger of a Queen.
The way you sashayed around your lair
in full makeup black flamenco number cut
so low in the back that your
every twist and shimmy displayed
the gorgeous tuck of your rolls.
You made back-fat look
You made living in this body a little less like a curse.
I wonder how they told you, did they sit you down over tea, delicately frosted cakes lining your chipped porcelain? Explain it as a marketing technique, a vehicle to make you more palatable to a culture that demands perfection?
I hope you crushed the fucking teapot in the
clench of your fist.
I hope you grew a thousand feet tall
and drowned them in the whirlpool of your rage.
I wish I could have watched you suck the voices
from their tiny, breakable throats.
But I know you wept, I know you licked the icing from
each and every cake, I know you broke, like a slow burn.
Wasn't it enough that they
made you a witch?
That you were already beyond the
bounds of their franchise royalty?
They expected little girls to recoil from the
wicked inside your laugh, when instead, they worshiped your
I don't want you cut down into
You weren't easy to swallow
for a reason.
I want you larger than life,
flaming red lips, black flamenco dress — I want the thick of your
tentacles, your conjurer's hands, the jiggle of your ample bust. I want you dressed to the nines
on a runway, I want every little girl to see a heroine
in a size 24.
Ursula, Queen of the Ocean, you were never just a witch to me. You were perfect — every pound, every inch, every swell, perfect.
And I pity the poor, unfortunate soul
who would dare paint you as
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