Over the past two weeks, Melina has regaled you with some vintage babes -- 90s Rose McGowan and Jane Fonda in Barbarella. Today's femme-spiration, the shining star of forgotten Disney masterpieces The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under, marks a slight change of pace. This Friday we salute Hungary's most beloved diplomat, Miss Bianca.
Hear me out: in December, when I was laboring over final papers and all matter of other stressful and unpleasant tasks, Ali decided that I needed a dose of Disney to take my mind off of things. I was skeptical-- cartoons aren't really my jam. She persisted, though, and it was for one reason alone: she knew that Bianca was my spirit animal.
First of all, look at her, with her jaunty fur hat and swing coat? I mean, guys, she's fucking made of fur, yet she still wears this fur-trimmed coat and hat with brilliance and ease! She's a sartorial vision, and she's also constantly bossing her much less adventurous comrade, Bernard. The plot, which involves saving some little girl being mistreated down the bayou, is kind of secondary to Bianca's sass.
Not only is Miss Bianca fashionable and fearless, but she also uses her feminine wiles and quick wit (not to mention her charming Hungarian accent, lent by actress/socialite Éva Gábor), to turn heads at the Rescue Aid Society (you know, the uh, mouse version of the United Nations, duh) and on her various adventures. Miss Bianca always get her way, which I admire, even while blazing trails in the male-dominated sphere of international diplomacy. Meanwhile, her companion Bernard is constantly afraid of the fates awaiting him, and proceeds only because he wants to prove that he can protect Miss Bianca. Not a chance, Bernard, but we commend you for trying to keep up with this fierce femme.