Having an “unforgettable pretty face” is key to being a Disney princess

Disney memories are meant to last forever, but not when it comes to princesses.

A former Disney princess shared the key to being hired as one of the iconic characters: having an “unforgettable pretty face”.

Melanie, who withheld her last name for privacy reasons, told Insiders about her experience landing a role as a Disney actress at the popular theme parks.

The TikTok and Twitch star began auditioning for Disney when she turned 18 and tried out 13 different roles before being cast as Drizella Tremaine, one of Cinderella’s evil stepsisters.

“The standard that you’re trying to achieve when you’re trying to get hired as a princess is essentially the most unforgettable pretty face you can have,” she said.

She often shares stories about her experiences auditioning and working at Disney parks on TikTok as @magicgirlmelanie. Melanie claimed that the first round of cuts in her audition were made after the casting directors lined everyone up and double checked them.

“You can’t prove anything, it’s just how some strangers think your face looks like,” she said. “You can’t really earn it, which is tough. It’s hard to accept.”

Sarah Daniels, 32, who has worked at Disney parks and cruises for almost a decade as Mickey Mouse, Alice, Wendy, Tinkerbell, Ariel and young Elsa, agreed with Melanie’s claims.

“That’s a very funny quote for her. Good for them,” Daniels told the Post.

The musical actress said casting directors like “everyone to look like everyone else” so there’s continuity when different people are playing the same role.

Daniels also said that snagging a role as a facial character is about “having normal facial features” — as well as being the right size and height.

“It might not even be about your face,” she said. She explained that most of the time, the parks are looking for someone who fits the costume and looks good in the wig.

“There are a thousand white women who look like Cinderella,” Daniels said.

Sarah Daniels as young Elsa
Daniels claimed that casting the Disney Parks Princess isn’t about being “conventionally pretty,” it’s about “having normal facial features” and fitting into her costumes.
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Sarah Daniels, 32, as Ariel
The now 32-year-old revealed she had developed an eating disorder after casting directors told the then 21-year-old that her silhouette didn’t match that of the 16-year-old cartoon mermaid.

While the former Disney character actor eventually earned the coveted spot as a stage actor, she said the role isn’t about having talent — or even being beautiful. “As a face character, you’re pretty much just a barbie. You’re just a chick in a wig,” she said.

And when Daniels was upgraded to a cast member, two members of Disney’s casting team pointed out that the 21-year-old’s 5-foot, 115-pound character was a mismatch with the 16-year-old Little Mermaid cartoon character , which spiraled her into an eating disorder that lasted well beyond her Disney days.

A “silhouette issue” is a common fear for women cast in these roles, particularly those playing Ariel, splashing around in the grotto in nothing but a mermaid tail and bikini top.

Daniels also posts to TikToks as @sarahdanielstv about her time at the Happiest Place On Earth and said there seemed to be never-ending interest in her experiences.

Disney didn’t respond to The Post for comment.

“I think there’s something strange about being a Disney princess. Women imagine that being told they’re beautiful enough to be a princess because they’ve done their best gives them confidence and validation,” Daniels said.

But she added: “It’s a coveted thing. It’s not a magical thing.”

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