It’s no secret that most Disney princesses are white European girls (with the exception of a few, such as Jasmine and Tiana). An artist who calls herself TT has reimagined our favorite leading ladies as being from different parts of the world, changing their race.
TT displays an amazing eye for detail in these thought-provoking reinterpretations, effectively using everything from skin tone to jewelry to to nose shape to transform the Disney characters’ familiar faces. Snow White becomes a Latina woman wearing a festive dress. Red-headed Ariel is redrawn as a Hindu woman with a bindi and henna tattoos. Even Jasmine’s pet Rajah gets a makeover in the princess’s metamorphosis into an African tribeswoman, with the tiger becoming a lion.
“I’m not necessarily trying to alter an entire story,” the artist says, “I’m just working with character design. I create racebent characters simply for fun and because I’d love to see more diversity in our media.” Although TT’s intent isn’t political, the series does put a fresh spin on the Disney princesses we know and love, simultaneously raising interesting questions about media representation and alternative stories through the creative designs.