It would be incredibly hard to find any little girl who doesn’t want to be a Disney Princess. Every girl looks up to these admirable Disney Princesses and wishes to be one.
In all that time, a lot of Disney movies have been released. Cinderella came out in 1950, Snow White in 1937, and The Little Mermaid in 1989. But during that time only one Disney movie had a black princess and that was Tiana from The Princess and the Frog. The movie came out in 2009. It was a turning point in Disney movies.
Since then, Disney has showcased princesses from different ethnicities like Moana, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas and Elsa. And somewhere it’s necessary to bring out the beauty of different ethnicity because after all, young girls admire these characters so dearly.
Hairstylist LaChanda Gatson along with CreativeSoul Photography duo took up the responsibility of redefining the iconic princesses and showcasing brave, majestic, and beautiful African American princesses.
Kahran and Regis Bethencourt, the duo behind CreativeSoul Photography introduced a series of 14 princesses of different ethnicity. These 14 Black girls epitomize the soul of a Disney princess. The photos are indeed mesmerizing. The photographers re-imagined the aesthetic princesses and thus brought the Black girls to portray these characters. It, in fact, revealed the exquisite side of these little girls.
1. Princess Rapunzel
2. Princess Jasmine
3. Princess Tiana
4. Princess Cinderella
The photographers have put all their hearts and efforts to make this series a hit. They explained their ideas by saying, “The goal is to inspire more girls around the world to start seeing themselves as regal princesses.”
5. Princess Pocahontas
6. Princess Nala
7. Princess Elsa
8. Princess Moana
Initially, The Bethencourts would just photoshoot with their nieces and nephews. Soon they realized that the center of attention should be children to kickstart their business. Of course, it did work out.
9. Princess Snow White
10. Princess Anna
11. Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)
The photographers were especially interested in the children’s photoshoot. That’s when they comprehended that there wasn’t much diversity in children’s fashion. There was a need to bridge the gap between white and black children. For this reason, they took up this project of redefining Disney princesses, and oh my god what a great job did!
They also figured out that natural hair has its own beauty. Usually, while a photoshoot, Black girls’s hair is straightened. Even though it looks pretty but their natural hair is gorgeous.
12. Princess Shuri
13. Princess Belle
14. Princess Ariel
Some photographers failed to bring out the natural beauty of their models. Yet CreativeSoul succeeded in detailing their models.
The truth is that beauty is all around us. It’s in every ethnicity. But still, media and artists need to feature a wide variety of skin or body to stabilize the differences. Every person belonging to different races need to accept the fact that they are beautiful in their own unique way.
There is an urge to make young girls realize that their natural beauty is much more appreciable rather than their photoshopped pictures.
People ought to see these majestic pictures and realize that they are beautiful in their own way. According to Kahran, the self-esteem of these models are boosted by these photoshoots.
This project has inspired CreativeSoul Photography to publish their own book titled Glory: Magical Visions of Black Beauty. It’s available on Amazon for preorder. Buy one for yourself and admire the elegance of our own Black Beauties.