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20 Interesting Things You Didn't Know About Disney Princesses

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If you're a Disney fan, you might also love the Disney princesses who star in many of the animated, timeless films. But even if you spent your whole childhood dressed up like Belle or Jasmine, you may still not know all there is to know about them. 

Let's start with something basic: did you know that even though there are a ton of Disney heroines with royal heritage, there are only 12 official princesses? We're including two who didn't make the cut on the list, Anna and Elsa from Frozen. They were originally intended to be princesses and were eliminated because their film was so popular that they didn't need additional marketing. 

Vote up the things you didn't know about Disney princesses that you found the most fascinating.

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    Tiana Was One Of The Only Disney Princesses To Defeat A Villain Herself

    Photo: The Princess and the Frog / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    In most Disney movies, the villain either loses their life through an accident, their own actions, or is defeated by a prince or some other character. It's incredibly rare for a princess to defeat the villain of her story herself. Tiana was one of the few to do this. During a confrontation with Dr. Facilier, she smashed the amulet that would have allowed him to continue paying off his debt to the Loa, which results in his being dragged off to their realm. 

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    Mulan Has The Highest Body Count Of Any Disney Character

    Photo: Mulan / Buena Vista Pictures

    Most people would expect the character who's taken the most lives to be a villain, not a princess, but this dubious honor goes to Mulan. She started an avalanche and covered an entire army in the snow, snuffing out most of the soldiers' lives in an instant. Along with Tiana, she's also one of the only princesses to personally destroy the antagonist.

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    New Software Was Designed For Moana's Hair

    The people behind Moana put a lot of care and effort into her hair. They wanted it to appear to move realistically and allow her to change hairstyles or get her hair wet. The movie uses 3D animation, which presented a unique challenge. To deal with it, they actually developed new software called "quicksilver" in order to animate her hair and the ocean that most of the movie is set on. 

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    Jasmine Was The First Non-White Princess

    Photo: Aladdin / Buena Vista Pictures

    While Disney is working on becoming more diverse, most Disney princesses are white. The first princess to break this pattern is Jasmine. Jasmine is an Arab, as she hails from a fictional Arab nation called Agrabah. 

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