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Disney Princesses Dressed As Dudes Are Gender-Bending And Busting Expectations

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It seems like every week or so, there’s a different new depiction of Disney characters, whether it’s disabled princesses or retro princesses or even Disney dudes with facial hair. Personally, I am pretty into this internet trend. Disney has a disturbingly large influence on the imagery in our society, so I’m all for it when artists redesign and redefine the perfect paragons of femininity that are the Disney princesses.

The latest iteration is no different. An animation student named Miyuli decided to make our favorite Disney princesses up male versions of their traditionally-recognizable costumes. She also redrew them as male. Think a man wearing Jasmine’s crop top and Cinderella, as a dude, with a broom and a kerchief on his head. The results are pretty striking. Take a look:

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I particularly like the male version of Ariel, don’t you? I would love to see a version of this where it shows the actual romantic heroes in the feminine garb, like the Beast wearing Belle’s gold ball gown or John Smith in Pocahontas’ dress. That would be even more interesting and jarring.

Like it or not, Disney princesses have a serious and continued hold on our imaginations, especially those of our children.¬†These gender-bending versions of the Disney princesses provide a necessary counterpoint to the traditional femininity that pervades the Disney brand. While I don’t think these images are going to be seen by any princess-obsessed four-year-old girls anytime soon, they certainly make me think a little differently about what a fairytale princess (or prince) might look like.

Photos: Miyuli

24 Comments

  1. Remember Me, or else!

    February 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    this is the dumbest stupidest waste of internet bandwidth
    OK, I get the “discussion” it creates, but for who? the .09% of the people who cares about stupid things like this?
    Disney markets to its widest possible audience. If you don’t like what they produce, it means you are not within their widest possible customer base, so move along.

    • Kate

      February 4, 2014 at 1:43 am

      Mommyish markets to its audience. If you don’t like what it produces, move along.

    • Elizabeth

      February 4, 2014 at 3:13 am

      Who said we couldn’t like this and the original Disney princesses?
      And it does create an interesting discussion. Which I would guess a fair amount of people are engaged in given how popular this is becoming.

  2. LadyClodia

    February 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I like these. I saw them on io9 yesterday. For some reason a lot of people were complaining that most of them look so young, but I think that highlights how young the princesses are actually supposed to be. My favorites are Megara and Cinderella.

    A while ago, io9 also featured an artist who put the princesses in their princes’ clothing, and I like those a lot too. Here’s a link to the artist’s page http://godohelp.deviantart.com/gallery/45764264

  3. pixie

    February 3, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I think these are really cool, not to mention really well done and thought out in terms of costumes (ok, so their costumes are very similar to the original costumes, but in my experience it is actually quite difficult to make a male-equivalent costume based on a female one and have it look viable). I also enjoy female Kristoff and Hans.

  4. RayneofCastamere

    February 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Sorry, I was staring at male!Elsa and male!Cindy. Were you saying something?

  5. Heather C

    February 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Ask and you shall receive.

    http://imgur.com/gallery/XIpRyft

  6. meteor_echo

    February 3, 2014 at 6:39 pm

  7. libraryofbird

    February 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    My favorite Disney reimagined is the one where all the princesses are tattooed.

    • Elizabeth

      February 4, 2014 at 3:13 am

      Now that would be interesting. What tattoos would each princess have though?

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      February 4, 2014 at 7:25 am

      http://www.buzzfeed.com/theuniblogger/tattoo-disney-princesses-bhd

      LINK! =) I’m digging Jasmine’s tattoo

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      February 4, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Scott Campbell is one of the best artists I’ve ever seen.
      He does Disney princesses to look totally badass!

    • libraryofbird

      February 4, 2014 at 10:43 am

      Whoa! Those are fantastic.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      February 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

      I’m planning on getting the Ariel one tattooed at some stage!

    • m

      February 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Looks like she broke her back though :/

    • jdklsjdkl

      May 7, 2014 at 5:24 am

      i hope you asked the artist’s permission to get this tattooed.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      May 7, 2014 at 7:29 am

      I’m not stupid, of course I have asked. Plus you’re a little late to the party, ain’t ya?

    • jdklsjdkl

      May 8, 2014 at 2:54 am

      i don’t particularly care if i’m late. i don’t have kids so i’ve had no reason to be on this site before. Someone just linked me to this article yesterday.

    • Elizabeth

      February 4, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      They’re cool but probably a little to I-have-daddy-issues for me. To each their own though.

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      February 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      O I admit some do look just surreal, but isn’t that the pure beauty of Disney? =)

    • gothicgaelicgirl

      February 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

      http://www.buzzfeed.com/donnad/delightfully-macabre-disney-heroines

      I found the horror princesses! I LOVE Ariel and Mulan!

    • Elizabeth

      February 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Those are awesome. Ariel is one of my favorites but it’s so hard to chose the best ones. I’ve always loved Jasmine and
      Pocahontas both of whom look awesome here. Really though, I love the fierceness in all of these women.

  8. Elizabeth

    February 4, 2014 at 3:16 am

    This is great. However, now it’s created even more fictitious gay guys for girls to fall for.

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