I think most people sadly focus on the Disney merchandise where is powder or baby blue, rather than the actual original in the movie.
This is because of the Disney marketing dept.; they said to give Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) the pink look instead of the blue because little girls would be more attracted to her pink gown,(even though it is BLUE most of the movie) and have the blue on Cinderella because her original white/silver made her look too bridal.
I like the costume, but her face... Cinderella is suppose to be all kind hearted, and soft in nature. She kinda looks like... a bitch lol. Or at least stuck up, kinda makes me sad Wonderful piece otherwise. The skirt is very pretty.
I think my true emotions about cinderella were coming through when drawing this is why. I always hated that Cinderella was unofficially crowned queen of the Disney princesses... when there are much better princesses out of the official ten.
Working for Disney definitely made me realize just how much they push Cinderella into the homes of the public...
I've noticed this to, but I also understand why she's at the forefront. Not only has she been proven as the best for marketing, but she also sells better than the other princesses. They keep on trying to put Mulan, and Pocohantas into the line up (even though they're not really princesses) but their lack of popularity simply doesn't move merchandise. If you've ever worked at any place that sells toys you know you're always refilling Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Snow White, Tiana ect. but the others are always on sale because they're the same dolls that have been there since Christmas.
I thought before Tiana came out that it was because of the whole "people only buy white dolls" thing. But Tiana sells... like a lot. I think the reason why they're pushed so hard is because they sell so much. They sell so much (IMO) because they're the girls that weren't/didn't know they were princesses, but then became a princess. Snow White was, but she was treated like a servant until she married a prince blah blah blah.
I think most girls really like the idea of finding out that they're a long lost princess, or becoming a princess. Just like how so many kids loved the idea of Harry Potter, especially before they turn 11 because even though they know it's not true, kids are super exited to think that an owl will come flying through the window to give them their letter for Hogwarts. It also goes with the popularity of Fairly Odd Parents. lol. I could be wrong, but it really seems that way. Disney is a business at the end of the day, and for whatever reason they realized that Cinderella was the best selling princess and therefore the easiest to make money with.
Your points are true (though Pocahontas was truly a princess in the film and real life), but my viewpoint probably stems from a more traditional standpoint.
Working for the parks and resorts, they only promote six: Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Rapunzel, and Tiana or Jasmine (Depending on which coast, East is Jasmine, West is Tiana). I find it sad that at the parks where Aurora is meant to be the reigning female over Fantasyland (Anaheim, Paris, Hong Kong), they still have Cinderella centerstage and forefront when compared to the others.
Pocahontas is a throw up depending on what you deem a princess, and where you live. I'm from Winnipeg, Canada. Apparently, we have the largest native American population in North America, and I can tell you... the protests, the protests, the protests.
People were legitimately pissed off that they were trying to pass her off as a princess. They said it was an insult to her story, and to their people. Which is true because even the act of calling her a princess denies the history, and political systems of Aboriginal peoples. There were no sovereigns, or monarchs, there were Chieftains and their own very unique, and complicated styles of government. I was only 7 when the movie came out, but I still vividly remember the huge protests that came with it from the aboriginal communities from where I live, and I do agree with them. She's a heroine, and the daughter of a chief, but not a princess. It's not a demotion, just a different culture.
I agree with the whole Aurora thing to, but honestly at the end of the day, they are there to make money. How many people do you know of that actually know Aurora's name, or is it still "Oh look, it's Sleeping Beauty!" They will always put the most popular character up front even if they're not the main. Just like Sheldon from BBT, or the Fonz from Happy days lol. Frustrating, I totally agree. But I have to admit, I still have a soft spot for Cindy. She's marketed as being very vain, and very different from how she is depicted in the movie, which is sweet, kind, and frankly a tad bit plain lol. Then Disney wants to make money, so GLITTER!
I don't mind the Ariel change, even as a kid I didn't care for her entitled personality lol. Belle on the other hand, well, I liked Belle. She was out spoken, and adventurous. Now she's a boring wall flower. Oh well.