What do you think if your favorite Disney princess is of another race or ethnicity? The Tumblr blog of Let There Be Doodles can answer your question with incredible series Racebent Disney. Actually it is the job of an artist named Tomato Tiger. He uses his illustration to mix with photo manipulation, to entirely recreate the iconic Disney princesses by changing their cultural backgrounds hairstyles, skin colors and their clothing.
In these thought-provoking reinterpretations, TT is effectively using everything from nose shape to jewelry to skin tone to transform the Disney characters' familiar faces to be able to create an amazing eye for detail.
A Latina woman wearing a festive dress is turned into Snow White. A Hindu woman with a bindi and henna tattoos becomes Red-headed Ariel. In this princess's metamorphosis into an African tribeswoman, even Rajah the tiger Jasmine's pet, a lion gets a makeover to become Rajah.
TT says, "I’m not necessarily trying to alter an entire story. I’m just working on character design. I create racebent characters simply for fun and because I’d love to see more diversity in our media."
TT's doesn’t seem to have a political interest, even if her series does put a fresh spin on the Disney princesses that we know and love, it clearly shows that through alternative stories and creative designs we can simultaneously pose good questions about media representation.
H/T My Modern Met
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