Disney’s effort to racially diversify its princess roster with Tiana was welcomed by many, but for those who want to see even more diversity in their cast of princesses, the Let There Be Doodles Tumblr blog has got you covered. The artist behind this blog modified 10 screen captures of Disney princesses in action and imagined what they might look like if they were from different ethnicities.
I absolutely love these images and I think that they are thought provoking.
The artist behind the illustrations said there was “no political agenda in mind for these edits (except maybe the desire to see a little more diversity), I just love working with character design.”
The modified illustrations make for an interesting thought experiment – how different might Sleeping Beauty have looked if Princess Aurora was Jamaican or Argentinian? How might Mulan look if the same story happened in the defense of Rome or Egypt? As the artist points out, “fairy tales are constantly being taken out of their cultural context. Most of the fairy tales that we know now were taken out of their original cultural context and altered. Aladdin was originally set in China. The Frog Prince was Latin, and was altered over and over again in several countries.”
The Disney princes have been having an interesting time of it. Just towards the end of last year, Adam Ellis imagined what the Disney princess roster might look like if they all had glorious, flowing beards.