The obsession with women's "sexiness" is a new one sprung up in recent decades. Cinderella has always been beautiful, charming, pretty,and lovely, never until recently has anyone tried to dub her sexy. Similar to a complaint Tolstoy voiced, sexiness was previously reserved for ladies of ill repute. Cinderella was of sterling reputation.
I don't know if I ever saw Cinderella as a sex object, partly because, like other editors, I was very young when I first encountered this story. Many critics though see a much more sexual symbolism and allegorical meaning to fairy tales, so I suppose you could argue that she could be viewed as a sexual object.
This is an odd question and I think that the consensus is that she is not sexy. There is good reason for this. The genre of the fairy tale does not have within its worldview the concept of sexy. It would be to import something alien. She is innocent, kind, and wholesome. Moreover, it is a fairy tale for kids. Hence, there is a level of age appropriateness.
I don't think Cinderella is intended to be sexy, she is beautiful in both body and mind and is ultimately rewarded with true love because of her true nature, which the Prince sees the night of the ball. He is presented will ALL the ladies of the land, and I am sure some of them were sexy, or loose, or whatever term would be appropriate, but Cinderella is quietly humble, and that is what captures his heart. All of the women of the land do whatever it takes to get the prince (and get into the glass slipper) but they aren't true ladies, so the delicate, transparent shoe doesn't fit them or their personalities. There is an innocence and strength in Cinderella's character that sexy just isn't a part of.
It is a love story, even if it is meant for children. I think the prince noticed her beauty. Maybe he considered small feet attractive. The prince falls in love with her because of her beauty, as seems to happen in most fairy tales. In some versions, aren't the stepsisters referred to as ugly? They obviously have big feet!
Unlike bullgatortail I never saw the Disney movie until I had daughters myself. Still didn't think she was sexy. I don't think that the story itself is really supposed to focus on her allure. I think it's more about the extremes to which people will go for ambition. So I never really thought of it as being sexy on any level.
Some versions of Cinderella, especially the 1729 version by Charles Perrault, were explicitly written to describe, and may to actually prescribe gender roles. So whether or not Cinderella is sexy by modern standards, it seems that her story has been used to inculcate ideals of beauty and femininity for a long time.
The story of Cinderella does have a lot to do with what makes people attractive. Her character represents the humility and generosity of spirit that appeals to the Prince, in contrast to the more fashionable and vain sisters in the story.
I don't ever recall thinking of her in those terms, but I guess the prince considers her beautiful. "Beautiful" somehow seems a better word for her than "sexy"! I hope she stays that way! :-)
When I was a little boy and was first introduced to Cinderella, I was too young to consider her sexy. Since it is a children's tale, I still don't consider her as a sexual play toy, and I think it's rather odd that people would consider her in that manner. Beautiful, innocent, loving, yes--but sexy? No.
I believe that all Disney princess' are depicted as pretty and beautiful, that is the aim of the director! They are meant to be seen as the epitome of beauty.