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Disney Princesses As You've Never Seen Them Before

14/08/2014 17:02 | Updated 20 May 2015

race-swapped Disney princesses

A new series of photos has re-imagined classic Disney princesses.

Illustration student and Tumblr artist TT Bret frequently riffs on classic Disney cartoons on her blog, Let There Be Doodles. In the past, she has experimented with a male Cruella De Vil and a female Tarzan.

In her series, she has given more well-known Disney characters makeovers, transforming Hercules' Meg into an Ancient Egyptian and Aladdin's Princess Jasmine into an African tribal queen.

race-swapped Disney princesses

TT Bret, who defines herself as androgynous and uses both male and female pronouns, says she doesn't see her art as a form of protest against what some have claimed is Disney's reactionary character designs, which have historically favoured 'conventionally-beautiful' white women.

"I had no political agenda in mind for these edits (except maybe the desire to see a little more diversity)," she explains on her website. "I just love working with character design."

In fact, as she points out, TT's designs are not so much about inverting traditional stories as drawing attention to their diverse origins.

The folk tale of Aladdin, for instance, was set in China, while the Little Mermaid was the work of Dane Hans Christian Andersen (without a Jamaican-accented lobster in sight).

Coming on the heels of the 'disabled Disney princess' artwork series that caught our eye a few months back, it's great to see that even decades after the 'Disney princess' first entered popular culture, we are still finding fresh ways to look at the archetype. Check them out below.

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