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A Different Take On Disney Princesses

Updated on April 6, 2011

Ever wondered how Disney princesses would look like in real life? You're not the only one. That same idea crossed the minds of talented artists and here are some of their own perspectives about Disney's beautiful heroines.

Esmeralda from the Disney adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Esmeralda from the Disney adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" | Source

Esmeralda, from the Disney adaptation of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", is a beautiful gypsy girl with a strong spirit and a kind heart. The story is set in Paris, France where the actual Notre Dame Cathedral is located. The characters themselves are fictional, however, Esmeralda's exotic beauty is reminiscent of French brunettes in the likes of Sophie Marceau, Emmanuelle BĂ©art or even Angelina Jolie who is part-French.

Princess Tiana ~ "The Princess And The Frog"
Princess Tiana ~ "The Princess And The Frog" | Source

"The Princess and the Frog" features Tiana, Disney's first ever African American princess. Tiana is working as a chef/waitress but is an aspiring restaurateur. The story is set in New Orleans in America during the 1920s Jazz Age. The character is voiced by Anika Noni Rose but the portrait at the right looks more like the singer Brandy or model Chanel Iman.

Mulan ~ Disney Feature Animation
Mulan ~ Disney Feature Animation | Source

Mulan is a Disney heroine who pretended to be a male soldier in place of his ailing father to spare him from the obligation of going to war. The story is set in Ancient China during the Han dynasty. The portrait at the right resembles the Chinese actress Joan Chen.

Princess Jasmine ~ "Aladdin"
Princess Jasmine ~ "Aladdin" | Source

Princess Jasmine is the sultan's headstrong daughter in Disney's take on the classic tale "Aladdin" from "The Book of One Thousand and One Nights". While being a Middle-Eastern folk tale, the story itself is set in China. But Disney opted to show an Arabian version using harem-style fashions that felt a lot like Bollywood productions. This portrait of Jasmine illustrates the beauty of Middle-Eastern women. But in my opinion, Jasmine more resembles the likes of Priyanka Chopra or Aishwarya Rai, both of them are from India.

Ariel ~ "The Little Mermaid"
Ariel ~ "The Little Mermaid" | Source

Princess Ariel is one of the daughters of Triton, a character based on Greek mythology also known as the messenger of the sea. Ariel is "The Little Mermaid" who fell in love with a human prince and did all that she could to be "part of his world." This classic tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen is set in an underwater kingdom of merpeople. Being a mermaid, there's really not one person that I can compare her to. Her bright-red hair, mesmerizing eyes and ethereal features can only come from our own imaginings of what an ideal sea siren would look like.

Aurora ( Briar Rose ) ~ Sleeping Beauty
Aurora ( Briar Rose ) ~ Sleeping Beauty | Source

Aurora is the "Sleeping Beauty" in Disney's version of the Grimm Brother's moderated rendition of French folk tales. In those folklores, the young princess was pricked by a poisoned thorn, fell asleep and was taken advantage of by a married prince. The princess gives birth to twins, all of them loathed by the prince's wife who orders the cook to have the children fed to their father. Upon knowing he was eating his own children, the prince grew furious and threw his wife into the fire. Fortunately, the cook was a kind soul and substituted lamb meat in place of the children. This illustration is derived from a photo of Bella Thorne, one of Disney's young talents.

Snow White
Snow White | Source

Snow White from the Disney Classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves" is a princess whose beauty is the object of her stepmother's envy. The evil queen attempted to have her killed but the assassin took pity on Snow White and sent her to the woods wherein she would meet the seven dwarves and, eventually, her prince after she was "comatosed" from eating a poisoned apple handed to her by her disguised stepmother. This image is derived from a picture of the late Elizabeth Taylor, a legendary Hollywood actress also known for her unrivaled beauty.

Tinkerbell ~ "Peter Pan"
Tinkerbell ~ "Peter Pan" | Source

Tinker Bell, from the Disney adaptation of J.M. Barrie's "Peter and Wendy", is a fairy who mends pots, kettles and metal utensils. She plays a minor role in Disney's "Peter Pan" but eventually landed a string of movies and series dedicated solely to her which also features several other fairy characters from Pixie Hollow. The illustration at the right is derived from a photo of Audrey Hepburn with her famous pixie cut hair.

These are just some of the amazing works created by the talented artists of Some of these artworks are created through digital art using graphics software to achieve these beautiful effects. If you're interested in how the digital-painting process works, click on the link below to watch the video of the making of these Disney movie scenes.

Watch the digital painting process of this image at the video section below
Watch the digital painting process of this image at the video section below | Source

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Free Pocahontas Wallpaper ~ by alicexz | Source
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Free Princess Kida Wallpaper ~ by alicexz | Source


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    • Jeremy Gill profile image

      Jeremy Gill 

      3 years ago from Louisiana

      I applaud the pictures, razhbi, well done. By the way, did you know Esmeralda (heck, basically every character) was much different in the original Hunchback novel? She was still somewhat kind to Quasimodo, but was far more repulsed by his gruesome form. Additionally, the ending of the book is certainly different than the Disney film, but I'm fond of both. Anyway, great hub!

    • Rusty C. Adore profile image

      C Levrow 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Fantastic and fun hub! I love this take on the Disney Princesses! I think my favorite representation, though all were really well done, would have to be the one you included of Tiana. She looks just beautiful!

    • M. T. Dremer profile image

      M. T. Dremer 

      7 years ago from United States

      There are some great works of art that come out of the Deviant Art website. I only recently started getting into the community and I love artistic interpretations of characters like these above. These are some really well done pieces and I appreciate the bits of information you included with each image. Good hub!


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