Mao Asada - lovely skater
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.
"Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility." - Ambrose Bierce
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.
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.
Sarah Meier, e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ_hHbOU4MQ
She did occasionally try to break out of the pretty princess mode, but she performed in such a delicate, gentle manner that I preferred it when she stuck to what she did best.
As we've seen here, it doesn't have to be a pejorative phrase.
I think it's a shame that it seems to be, for many people.
To me, the term connotes polish, good carriage, and attention to detail -- all good things.
Of course, costuming, hair and beauty only add to the "complete package."
Caryn Kadavy, Alissa Czisny and Kiira Korpi for sure.
I'd add Susanna Poykio to that list (I don't think she ever had an ugly costume). Her teammate Jenni Vahamaa, too.
Cynthia Phaneuf and Jessica Dube. And Josee Choiunard, though I never found her very elegant and would've loved to see her explore her more "athletic" side.
I'm using the phrase to describe a style/approach to skating programs.
It doesn't have to have the negative connotation you - and others - believe it does.
I liked Sasha Cohen's Swan Lakes better in the first part of the season, when she was wearing the back-swan/white-swan dress. This performance was pretty good.
Gracie Gold (in training)