Disney has debuted its first plus-size female protagonist in a short film that is being praised for exploring body positivity and overcoming self-doubt.
The animation, Reflect, tells the story of Bianca, a young ballet dancer who “battles her own reflection, overcoming doubt and fear by channelling her inner strength, grace and power”.
It forms part of Disney’s Short Circuit series of experimental films, released over the Disney+ streaming service last month.
The six-minute feature has been pitched as an uplifting tale of conquering body dysmorphia and self-doubt.
In a clip released by Disney over social media, Bianca is seen practising ballet in front of a mirror as the reflected image begins to break apart. Struggling with her confidence, she eventually finds her feet and dances until the mirror fades away.