Among all the official Disney Princesses, only Tiana from 2009’s The Princess and the Frog is African American. But have you ever wondered what the other princesses would look like if they had the same ethnicity as the Princess of Maldonia? Well, wonder no more, as three recent cosplay series imagine what Disney Princesses would look like if they were portrayed by Black girls and Black women.
Created by photographer and photo editor Symone Seven, the first cosplay series transforms Seven herself into Disney Princesses in movie poster-like artworks. The second cosplay series, meanwhile, was led by creative director LaChanda Gatson and photographer duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt of CreativeSoul Photography. It features Black girls wearing theatrical costumes inspired by the signature outfits of the Disney Princesses. Last but not least, is the cosplay series called AfricanPRINTcesses. Headed by longtime Disney fan Audrey Lee Young and photographer Madeline Barr, the AfricanPRINTcesses project showcases Black women dressed in modern-day Disney-themed attires made from traditional African prints and fabrics.
Click through the slideshow below to see the mesmerizing photos from all the cosplay series.
#1 Symone Seven as Cinderella
Inspired by the 1997 movie Cinderella, starring Brandy in the title role, this photo of Seven as the Disney Princess is the first entry in her cosplay series. In an interview with Insider, Seven said she transformed herself into the Disney royalty using pieces of clothing she had around her home. And with the use of her superb photography and editing skills, she managed to create an artwork that resembles the official poster for the 2015 Cinderella film with Cate Blanchett in the lead role.