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16:00  26 may  2019
16:00  26 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The rule was ' no midriff ': Why Jasmine doesn ’ t bare her belly in ‘ Aladdin ’. Jasmine originally wore bra tops and bared her belly in Disney's 1992 By the way, Jasmine isn't the only character who's less sexualized in the new film. Aladdin – whose signature 1992 outfit is a bare -chested torso with a

Jasmine (played by Naomi Scott) was treated to the same wardrobe makeover. For the live-action film, a nude bodice covers her midriff in between the turquoise cropped top and harem pants set that was made iconic in the animation. Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) were

Jasmine's signature outfit from the animated "Aladdin" is iconic. You know the look: low-riding turquoise harem pants paired with a tiny off-the-shoulder top that leaves the princess' bellybutton out in the open.

That is not an outfit that exists in the new world of Disney's live-action "Aladdin."

"The (animated) movie was done in 1992. We wanted to modernize the movie and some things are inappropriate these days for families," says "Aladdin" producer Dan Lin.

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In fashion, the midriff is the human abdomen. The midriff is exposed when wearing a crop top or some forms of swimwear. The cholis worn by Indian women exposes a thin section of midriff , usually 4 to 5 inches. " Midriff " is an old term in the English language, coming into use before 1000 AD.

Disney's live-action Aladdin film's costume designer has revealed why actor Mena Massoud is wearing more layers for the Disney remake. Aladdin has upgraded his outfit from a simple pair of trousers and skimpy waistcoat over a bare chest to a long-sleeved shirt under an embroidered waistcoat.

So there was a rule on the "Aladdin" set to make sure the movie achieved that goal: "No midriff," Lin says.

Naomi Scott, 26, who plays Jasmine in the updated film, says the costume decision "was about what makes the most sense for this movie and this time, and that’s what we landed on. I think it was the right decision."

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Producer Jonathan Eirich had another reason to keep Jasmine from wearing crop tops: His wife.

"She told me I would get murdered if I had (Jasmine) in a (stomach-baring) outfit – or divorced at least," he said. "I'm still married."

The rule was 'no midriff': Why Jasmine doesn’t bare her belly in ‘Aladdin’© Photo Credit: Daniel Smith, Daniel Smith Mena Massoud is Aladdin and Naomi Scott is Jasmine in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.

Fans of elaborate costume design will likely support the filmmakers' decision to keep the famous princess more covered up. Instead of wearing monochrome bra tops and baggy pants, Jasmine is dripping in sumptuous gowns with gold detailing, elaborate trains and vibrant jewels that highlight her regality over her sexuality.

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Comedy doesn ' t strive to be realistic; it strives to be funny. The worlds of Seinfeld and Curb are worlds unto themselves—worlds that often bear little resemblance to reality. Unless her job happens to be in-office model for some t-shirt company that's manufacturing outdated, plus-size belly shirts, uh, no.

She voices these in a new song, in which she vows that she “won’ t go speechless.” (This is presumably in an effort to qualify for the Best Original Song category at the Oscars next year.) And good riddance to the midriff - baring bra and harem pants combo that seemed both uncomfortable and impractical!

Yes, she still has a turquoise frock (with a bronze detail right over her stomach), plus clothes in orange, fuchsia and cream.

But, notably, there is no skimpy red "slave" outfit like there is in the animated film.

In the original movie, Jasmine gets enslaved by Sorcerer Jafar, who seems to have forced her into a cleavage-baring red outfit with a bandeau top and hip-hugging pants. While clad in this ensemble, Jasmine pretends to be in love with Jafar to help Aladdin sneak by.

"Your beard is so twisted," Jasmine says huskily to Jafar, sensually twirling his facial hair. Finally, to keep up her distraction, she kisses him, before Jafar realizes Jasmine is faking it and he forces her into an hourglass rapidly filling with suffocating sand.

The rule was 'no midriff': Why Jasmine doesn’t bare her belly in ‘Aladdin’© Photo Credit: Daniel Smith, Daniel Smith Naomi Scott is the beautiful and self-determined princess jasmine in Guy Ritchie’s live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic ALADDIN.

That 1992 scene is also not in the new PG movie. Instead, fans will find Jasmine singing a brand-new empowerment anthem called "Speechless."

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Princess Jasmine is the deuteragonist of Disney's 1992 animated feature film, Aladdin . She is an independent and rebellious young princess from Agrabah, a Middle Eastern kingdom ruled by her father, the Sultan. Jasmine has a strong sense of obligation to her country, as the future queen.

Midriff - baring outfits are popular in Real Life, and have been for centuries, although for a while "Now a lot of you might be wondering, why didn' t I put Belle on there? Well, it's not that she wasn' t beautiful, smart, and a well-developed character.

"It’s part of the decisions we had to make in this film about what works in an animated film and what works in live-action," says Eirich, noting the new Guy Ritchie-directed film strove for "believability" inside "Aladdin's" fantastical world.

The rule was 'no midriff': Why Jasmine doesn’t bare her belly in ‘Aladdin’© Photo Credit: Daniel Smith, Daniel Smith Naomi Scott is Jasmine and Mena Massoud is Aladdin in Disney’s live-action ALADDIN, directed by Guy Ritchie.

By the way, Jasmine isn't the only character who's less sexualized in the new film. Aladdin – whose signature 1992 outfit is a bare-chested torso with a purple vest and pants – actually wears sleeves this time around.

"He found a shirt," says Lin. "So it goes both ways!"

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The rule was 'no midriff': Why Jasmine doesn’t bare her belly in ‘Aladdin’

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