11 Facts You Didn't Know About Disney's 'Cinderella'

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This princess sure has a lot of secrets ...

Cinderella is the reason little girls dream about glass slippers before dreaming of Louboutins. She's also a reminder that mean girls often aren't the ones who get a happy ending — even if they have the upper hand.

Although she is one of the more beloved Disney princesses, there remain many things that people don't know about her. So get ready to get schooled on a few things about the gorgeous Cinderella:

1. Cinderella is a pioneer for princesses like Tiana, Rapunzel, and Kate Middleton. Why? She's the first Disney Princess to marry into a royal family instead of inheriting the throne.

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2. You may have forgotten but she isn't really a blonde. In the movie, her hair was a dark orange but she appears a fair blonde all over her merchandise. Yeah, she's just a fictional character but it would have been nice to let the red heads have this one.

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3. Her shoe size is a petite 4½ according to the third installment of her movie franchise. We suppose being light as a feather is the reason those precious glass shoes don't break.

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4. The meaning behind Cinderella's name was changed. The title of the original French story, "Cendrillon" or "little ash girl", comes from her character being covered by ashes and cinders. "Cinder-clod" was the name for her character that was rudely given to her by her youngest stepsister; although Cinderella did have the messy job of cleaning up after her family, we never really see her covered in dirt.

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5. Who knows why Disney likes to keep their princesses so young, but Cinderella is the oldest at the grand ol' age of 19. This is definitely surprising since women aren't expected to walk down the aisle as a teenager anymore yet Disney continues the young bride tradition, but it is what it is.

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6. The big movie star also had a few cameos in a short called The Art of Vacationing, where Goofy tries to see her at a meet and greet. She is also in Teacher's Pet and Mickey's April Fools.

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7. Prince Charming's voice belongs to Mike Douglas of The Mike Douglas Show. Yeah, you might have to Google that one ...

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8. You can get Frozen's "Let It Go" out of your head by listening to a deleted song from Cinderella. It's called "Dance On A Cloud", and you can find it here.

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9. Cinderella, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, and Anita in 101 Dalmatians are modeled after Helene Stanley. That's why they are all skinny, graceful, and so gosh darn pretty!

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10. The song "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" was everywhere after the movie's release like "Let It Go." Some things never change. Perry Como's version, however, was the one that blew up.

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11.There is going to be another adaptation of the story next year. Lily James, who plays Downtown Abbey's resident flapper girl, is starring as the princess we all know and love.

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