Disney’s Belle Has One Surprising Inspiration

Emily Zemler’s book Disney Princess: Beyond The Tiara has revealed a lot of previously unknown history about some of Disney’s biggest characters, including the true inspiration behind Belle from Beauty and the Beast. The studious French princess has been a longtime favorite out of the Disney Princess line of characters, best known for her independence and strong will. As it turns out, Beauty and the Beast’s protagonist actually has a surprising inspiration, with many of her defining traits being influenced by a similar character from another literary classic.
Upon its release in 1991, Beauty and the Beast was a massive hit, …