Strictly’s Jayde Adams has praised Disney’s decision to introduce its first plus-size heroine.
Earlier this month, the company made history with Reflect – a powerful short film about body dysmorphia – as in In the company’s 85-year history of making films, plus-size characters have only appeared in villainous or extra roles.
With fans quick to heap praise on the new film, Jayde also wanted to show her support in a cute Instagram post on Friday.
‘I’ve got a new favorite film’: Strictly’s Jayde Adams praised Disney’s Reflect for introducing its first plus-size heroine as she shared a comparison snap on Friday
The 37-year-old comedian compared herself to star Bianca as she shared a comparison snap of the cartoon ballet dancer with herself performing the ‘body positive’ Flashdance routine on Strictly.
The routine was described as ‘inspirational’ by tearful fans after Jayde revealed her aim was to show that dancers come in all different shapes and sizes.
Jayde captioned her photo: “I have a new favorite movie.”
The star is clearly a Disney fan, showing off her epic Halloween outfit this weekend as she dressed up as Ursula – the wicked sea witch in The Little Mermaid.
Beautiful: Comedian, 37, compared herself to star Bianca after performing ‘body positive’ Flashdance routine on Strictly alongside Karen Hauer
The comedian – who was booted from Strictly last week – has previously spoken about her experience with body shaming trolls.
Instead of getting upset, Jayde revealed she ‘laughs at trolls’ who comment on her weight to show resilience.
Speaking on BBC Sounds Woman’s Hour, she began: “I knew it was going to happen to me because every time I’m on TV someone comments on my weight, I knew it was going to happen.
“I could do one of two things, I could ignore it or I could deal with it. I found it funny, I could show the people who follow me some stamina.’
Iconic: The star is clearly a Disney fan, showing off her epic Halloween outfit this weekend as she dressed up as Ursula – the wicked sea witch in The Little Mermaid
Speaking about the comments, she added: “Someone wrote, ‘this is Jayde Adam’s rocking up to Strictly’, with a picture of the Michelin Man, and I laughed!”
Meanwhile, Jayde isn’t the only person who has shown her support for Disney’s first heroine.
Reflect follows the story of a young plus-size ballet dancer named Bianca, “who wrestles with her own reflection, overcoming doubt and fear by channeling her inner strength, grace and power.”
One to watch: Disney casts its first plus-size star for powerful body dysmorphia short film Reflect
Directed by Hilary Bradfield, the film is is part of the second series of Short Circuit – a series of experimental short films.
The animation has left fans in tears, with one viewer saying she wished the film had been made when she was a child.
She wrote on Twitter:My 16 year old needed this Disney before I quit ballet because I didn’t want to be the fat girl in class anymore. Glad the little ones will have this. 10/10 for Reflect!’
Strong: The film follows the story of a young plus-size ballet dancer “who wrestles with her reflection, overcoming doubt and fear by channeling her inner strength, grace and power.”
New move: In the company’s 85-year history of making movies, plus-size characters have only appeared in villain roles or extras, with fans praising the change
Other viewers shared: “I saw this Disney short called Reflect and it tore me up emotionally. It’s about a little plus size girl who does ballet and the mirrors start to swallow her because of her body insecurity, but she destroys them by dancing anyway.”
THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Disney+ FINALLY made a short with a Plus Size lead! It’s called Reflect and it’s part of the Short Circuit short series. Let’s just say I was crying.’
Reflect is available to watch on Disney+.
Sweet: The animation has left fans in tears, with one viewer saying he wished the film had been made when he was a child
Disney fans have long called for the company to create plus-size princesses, with a 2015 post showing Disney characters in plus-size makeovers going viral.
Last year it was Disney accused of pushing ‘unrealistic beauty standards’ on children after including an over-proportioned character in the short film Inner Workings.
The animated short, originally released in 2016, tells the story of an office worker named Paul who must tame his desire to escape his boring routine and have fun.
Unusual: Last year, Disney was accused of promoting ‘unrealistic beauty standards’ to children after including an over-proportioned character in the short film Inner Workings
But it’s Paul’s love interest Kate who has caused outrage online, thanks to her huge derriere, slender arms and tiny waist that’s barely bigger than her neck.
Dozens of social media users slammed the unrealistic depiction of Kate’s body after screenshots of the cartoon were shared online by the US. Twitter user Glitch, who shared them with the caption: “In no world did he [Disney] this must be done.”
The post, which included an image of Kate, sparked fresh criticism online, with users accusing Disney of setting “unrealistic” body standards for its young audience.
Body dysmorphia: mental health condition that sees sufferers obsess over flaws in their appearance
Body dysmorphia is a mental health condition where a person is obsessively concerned about flaws in their physical appearance.
Sufferers develop compulsive behaviors and routines, such as using mirrors excessively or avoiding them altogether.
These obsessions and behaviors cause emotional distress and have a significant impact on people’s ability to carry on with their daily lives.
In this way, the condition is closely related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
BDD can vary in severity from person to person and from day to day.
For some people, concerns about appearance can make it difficult for them to go out in public or see other people.
For others, they need to maintain what they perceive as a perfect appearance.
BDD can also cause other problems such as feelings of shame, guilt and loneliness.
People with the condition may isolate themselves to avoid situations where their appearance may cause them anxiety or awkwardness.