10 Real Life Female Role Models as Disney Princesses

You probably recognize the women pictured even in their "Disneyfied" versions. But would your children know them?

Artist David Trumble responded the same way many of us did when we saw the "Disneyfication" of Princess Merida from the movie Brave earlier this year. To show how ridiculous it is to shoehorn all kinds of women into the Disney look, he did the same with prominent females from real-life. As he tells in an article at Women You Should Know, some people got the joke, while others wanted to buy the dolls.

“Fiction is the lens through which young children first perceive role models, so we have a responsibility to provide them with a diverse and eclectic selection of female archetypes. Now, I’m not even saying that girls shouldn’t have princesses in their lives, the archetype in and of itself is not innately wrong, but there should be more options to choose from. So that was my intent, to demonstrate how ridiculous it is to paint an entire gender of heroes with one superficial brush.

“But that’s just me.” – David Trumble

On the one hand, I can understand the point he is making, and that women should not have to be princesses to make them palatable or attractive to kids. After all, heroes come in all shapes, sizes, colors, sexes, and ages. But on the other hand, if art like this could get a little girl interested in learning more about the real women behind the pictures, they might serve a purpose greater than parody. What do you think? See all ten "princesses," with their real-life counterparts, at Women You Should Know. -via Flavorwire


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