The Best "Pretty Princesses"

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  1. snoopyskater

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    "Pretty princess" is an often used phrase on FSU, but what really makes a pretty princess in figure skating? If you could choose your own definition, which skaters would you pick as some of the sport's truly pretty princesses?

    My take on this term is someone who is beautiful, dresses in beautiful costumes, has makeup and hair look impeccable, and projects an air of confidence (note, this highly influenced growing up watching too many Disney movies, so don't be too harsh on me:slinkaway). Three skaters came to mind right away:

    Sasha Cohen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouNL5ux17c4
    Kristi Yamaguchi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbhMWtuKAts
    Sonja Henie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZn8uU-FNSw

    I'd be interested in other's picks. I wouldn't mind even hearing funny ones.

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  3. IceAlisa

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    Awww, Sasha's only clean free skate in competition that I can recall. Loved the energy from her, her glorious spiral and layback. Sniff.

    Can't argue there.
     
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  4. spikydurian

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    In term of 'prettiness', Sasha. :)
     
  5. mia joy

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    Isn't a "pretty princess" supposed to be a negative term?
    For me it depicts a girl who can't perform other programs than sweet, soft and overly boring, whose main point is: "look at how pretty and delicate I am". I for one do not like this kind of skaters.
     
  6. IceAlisa

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    It can have that connotation but I don't think the OP meant it here.
     
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    This wins, case closed.
     
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    Funny but I never thought of any of the original skaters listed, especially Kristi, as beautiful. Cute, yes. Beautiful, no. They all fit the other criteria perfectly though.
     
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  11. IceAlisa

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    :eek: The latest model from the Russian Pretty Princess Factory! She is amazing.
     
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    Kira!!!
     
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    The best Pretty Princesses are lovely. The problem starts when femaile skaters are being squeezed into the "princess" mold whether it's their style or not.
    As for the good ones; how about Kiira Korpi at Europeans 2011, with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". It's the Pretty ( gloriously gorgeous, really) Princess going slightly jazzy, with a beautiful result.
    http://youtu.be/YnU_j_ZA-tc
     
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    Alissa Czisny
     
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    :eek: She is amazing! Such fluidity to her skating and movements and she was so engaging to watch. Do you know if she trains as a ballet dancer also? I hope she can keep that all up, she's an incredible talent!
     
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    Yes I agree with that. She really is gorgeous and fits in the princess model.
     
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    Wow lovely. Definitely a pretty princess.
     
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    Jenni Vähämaa was also one. I still mourn her early retirement.
     
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    Definitely. Pretty girl, pretty skating.
     
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    Mao Asada - lovely skater
     
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    I agree. I hate it when skaters are forced to conform to a soft, lyrical (in the U.S. - an almost Beauty Pageant style) because it is unconvincing and obvious that it's conformist. I'm not talking about paying attention to movement and bodyline because, IMO, that's always important (even if one wanted to stray and do something more athletic and less "feminine" whatever that word means to most people).

    However, I dislike the way people have been very dismissive of skaters who excel at this style. It's almost a refusal to appreciate the positive qualities that this style brings. Pretty Princess does not necessarily equate to fake or slow or boring. I think if done well, it can be deep, thoughtful, and interesting. I think Alissa Czisny's 2010-2011 long program fits that bill. It was unusual skating music and she certainly looked put together for the routine. But I found the choreography interesting and Czisny interpreted it the best anyone could possibly interpret that music.
     
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    What defines a pwetty princess type skater. If it being a balletic, feminine skater with a dainty sense about them (even if often deceiving to their tough interior) in competition, then even Michelle Kwan could be termed as one.

    Since I will define as skaters that fit atleast a somewhat enigmatic mode though I would pick Tiffany Chin 84. She had all the qualities of Cohen at her best, minus anywhere near the same spirals but hers were very good for the time all the same. On top of that though she had huge and terrific jumps, and was attempting some of the hardest of anyone at the time (eg- she was the only one who really had a triple flip then), and great basic skating, speed, and command of the ice. Shame that was the only year she skated at that level.
     
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    Li Zijun, she was the perfect Sleeping Beauty last year.

    (I hope next season when she manage to come out of her current injury funk, she will consider heavy mascara dark Gothic moody music to avoid being typecast.

    Alissa and Mao.
     
  29. miki88

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    I agree with this. I think the criticism comes from the fact that many skaters attempt to skate to lyrical, classical pieces but most don't succeed because it's simply not suited to their style. However, the few that do excel in this style shouldn't be dismissed just because of that.
     
  30. snoopyskater

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