The star of Disney's newest movie is a curly - an evil curly - but a curly nonetheless

Mother Gothel

Mother Gothel of Disney's "Tangled"

Curly girls have been a rarity in Disney movies. So the fact that one of the stars of Disney's new movie "Tangled" is curly is a major step forward - even if she's evil. Really evil.

Mother Gothel is the main antagonist of the upcoming CGI animated film, "Tangled." The Queen of a nearby kingdom was near death and had her guards search for this magical plant to heal her. They find it and the Queen heals, soon giving birth to Rapunzel. The flower's abilities are in Rapunzel's magical glowing hair that gives eternal youth. Mother Gothel acquires Rapunzel as a child, stealing her from the royal nursery and hiding her in an inaccessible tower. Gothel lies to Rapunzel about the outside world and everyone in it, imprisoning her in a tower to keep access to the youth-restoring qualities of her hair. The problem is, now Rapunzel's all grown up, wants out and mama's not going to have it.

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But while Mother Gothel may have her issues, she does have great curls - beautiful black ringlets. The character is voiced by television actress and singer Donna Murphy. According to, creating her long, curly hair wasn't easy. They had to create and develop special techniques to create her 3b curls.

Maybe Disney's next curly character will be the heroine. Baby steps.


As co-founder of, a website for curly hair she began with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber, Michelle Breyer helped create the leading community and resource for people with curly hair. Frustrated by the lack of information on curly hair and the limited products available in the marketplace, the duo launched the site in 1998 with the help of a 14-year-old web designer. When Procter & Gamble called three years later to advertise to the® audience, Breyer knew they had indeed created a force in the industry, providing helpful information and unparalleled expertise for what was then considered a niche market.

I think its harder for animators to make curls, so they make straight hair more often. I don't take it personally, I just think its because of how hard it is to create animated curls.

I'm surprised the NaturallyCurly editors are promoting this as a victory for curlies. The message here couldn't be clearer - curly hair is the territory of the deranged, while straight (blond) hair is the source of eternal beauty. This is simply going to further the negative connotations of curly hair. It's sad.