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Artist Puts Disney Princess Filter On 10 Real Life Female Role Models


“This was a response to the furor kicked up over the glossy ‘princessification’ of Pixar’s Merida character, both in image and doll form. I drew this picture because I wanted to analyze how unnecessary it is to collapse a heroine into one specific mold, to give them all the same sparkly fashion, the same tiny figures, and the same homogenized plastic smile."

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    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Thanks. Interesting change. I wasn't originally too upset about that. I wish there was a way to say she was a voice for youth in the Holocaust- which I guess is summed up in the word Diary- but you'd only know that bec of her name Anne Frank.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love Trumble's statement about how unnecessary it is to collapse the heroine role model image into a sparking pretty princess image- but this almost makes these role models look like they're not beautiful- when in fact they are bec what they've done is so incredible. I'd rather see their accomplishments beside them or a setting around them-- like Princess Malia's, Anne Frank's (which by the way is shocking), Rosa Parks, or Harriet Tubman (which are equally strange). Imagine those women as princesses in the terrible historical situations they went through. That would heighten the stakes of Trumble's message even more, but at the same time- maybe be slightly inappropriate. Interested to know what made him choose these role models? They're all wonderful-- and I hate this Disney lens so much (which is I guess the reaction he wants)!

    • WomenYSK

      It's true, when you strip out the truth and accomplishments of the women, they lose their lustre... I think that was part of his point and it's well taken, which also makes the image so incredibly polarizing. From speaking with him, we learned that he connected with a group of well-known women's empowerment insiders regarding who they would most like to see in the image. This is what the results were based on. Thanks so much for your interest in the story and your support!

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Fantastic that he worked with women's empowerment insiders. Great to know. You're totally right about the fact that it's probably a good idea that the images are polarizing.

  • Carolyn Sams

    Haha, I love the Jane Goodall one!