Do These Illustrations Make Disney Princesses More Relatable?

Some parents have banned certain Disney films from their home as they believe the movies depict an unrealistic image that little girls look up to.

I am a mum of three girls; girls that are obsessed with Disney princesses. They look up to them almost and even at the tender ages of 3 and 4 they see their favourites as a bit of an icon really.
I honestly believe, for some little girls, it is in their genetics to be princess- and sparkle-obsessed, as mine certainly received no encouragement from me! But they love them, so I embrace it.

But, let’s be honest, a few Disney princesses are a little outdated.
In fact, some parents, Keira Knightly included, have even banned certain Disney films from their home as they believe the movies depict an unrealistic image that little girls will look up to.
It can be perceived that some classics show women relying on men and waiting for a prince to rescue them. Others feel it is just a fairytale story for children (and some adults) to enjoy!

A North Carolina-based graphic designer, illustrator, and web designer has done something a little different and envisioned Disney princesses with careers based on their characters. He reimagined most of the Disney princesses as modern women with careers based on their characters. And we love it!
"The Disney princesses have grown to be more than just characters in a movie. They have become icons in modern culture and to many people, they are a source of inspiration," Burt explained.
"I wanted to create something that others might look up to. It's important to show the princesses as strong women because of that influential role they have in society. Everyone should have something that inspires them, especially girls who may want to pursue a career in a traditionally male-dominated field." he continued.
Here are the careers he envisioned for the princesses.

1. Snow White - Psychologist
"Snow White has always been known for being caring, thoughtful, and someone willing to lend a hand to those in need. Using these strengths paired with hard work, she earned her doctorate in psychology and is one of the leaders in the field of mental health.” Burt explains.

2. Anna and Elsa - Climate Change Scientists
"Elsa, Anna, and the citizens of Arendelle know a few things about the effects of climate change. While their companion Olaf may love summer, the sun, and all things hot, Anna and Elsa recognize what a rising global temperature might mean.” said Burt. 
3. Ariel - pop star and record producer
"Ariel has always excelled in music, having natural talent and a passion for singing. Considered the best of her talented sisters, Ariel took her skills and made it her career. She went multi-platinum with her single, 'Part of Your World” explains Burt.

4. Moana - an officer in the Navy
"The sea has always called to Moana. What it taught her is that she is a natural leader, guiding her people and returning them to their ancient voyaging traditions. Using these strengths, Moana has excelled in the Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander.” tells Burt.
With many more, we can’t help but feel like this is just what our modern girls need to see.
It portrays a strong message for children, both boys and for girls that you can strive to be whatever and whoever you want to be.
A message that will break barriers and exclusions and, in my opinion, change the stereotypes in some male-dominated workforces.

Laura Doyle, Mum of 4. Kyle 9, Noa Belle 4, Briar 2 and Milla 12 months. Breastfeeder, co-sleeper, coffee drinker. Staying positive and inspired by the chaos of it all. Follow her on Instagram.

Laura Doyle

Mum of four, Gentle parent living on coffee and trying always to stay positive and motivate in the midst of the madness.

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