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If there’s ever an eyebrow to raise when it comes to the ‘Disney Princess’, it has to do with imperfection.
Or rather, a lack thereof.
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The Disney Princess has long been synonymous with stick-thin-red-lipped-narrow-hipped ‘beauty’; a ‘look’ so unattainable, yet so highly sought after by the young girls who watch these Disney films.
It’s only recently we’ve recognised an issue with the picture-perfect Disney princess… that it’s not right having our young girls solely look up to passive, pretty, ageless women with smooth faces and velvety voices.
That it’s simply not real.
As far as Disney women go, Moana was a big step.
Moana re-defined the Disney Princess: she was strong – both in form, and in will; she was smart – an admirable combination of brainy and streetwise; she had integrity and grit and displayed a range of emotions that transcended Disney’s regular spectrum of happiness and sadness.
But photographer Tony Ross has taken exploration of the Disney Princess one step further.
The Creative Director and professional photographer asked young women to pose as real life, relatable versions of Disney's most loved princesses. Think Mulan; Ariel; Snow White.