Disney princesses are a pervasive part of our childhoods. It's hard to imagine growing up without watching Cinderella or Ariel on repeat ad nauseous. Which is why Disney princesses have integrated themselves into our culture, including internet culture.
2. Disney Princesses Reimagined As Reimagined Disney Princesses
Photos of Disney princesses reimagined as literally anything under the sun have gone viral time after time. They've been reimagined as women's rights heroes, different ethnicities and even potatoes. But one stunning reimagining is going viral and is, believe it or not, pretty unique.
A new photo series reimagines Disney princesses as queens. Yes, the girls you idolized in the movies are transformed into grown up queens. It's a glimpse into what they would look like beyond "happily ever after."
The photo series depicts each princess as we remember her, in the age that we remember her. But then the subsequent photo will flash forward showing us what the future version of that princess would look like. And if the older version of Ariel looks a little bit like she could be Ariel's mother, it's because she is. The Disney princess model's mother is used for the photo of the Disney queen.
The photo series is the result of a collaboration between costume designer Nephi Garcia and photographer Tony Ross. The photo series originally began as a Mother's Day series. The results are a stunning tribute to both Disney princesses and motherhood!
Being royalty isn't easy. It took a while for the mothers to get fully on board with the project... at first. “They were definitely hesitant in the beginning, but as they saw themselves evolve into these amazing iconic queens, they got right into character,” said Garcia.
"For this Mother's Day, I wanted to imagine the typical Disney Princesses in the roles of Queen Mothers. It was so special to see the bond between the girls who played the princesses and their mothers who we were able to dress up as the queens they are," said Garcia of the project. Every mother deserves to feel beautiful!
Garcia previously went viral as the dad who made Disney princess costumes for his children. When planning a trip to Disneyland, his daughter, Lili, asked the costumer designer if he could make her a dress for their trip. Garcia complied, and the dress was nothing short of amazing.
You may remember seeing the video of the little girl who wears Belle's blue dress from Beauty and the Beast. When she spins around, her dress is suddenly transformed into Belle's glittering, gold gown. That's Garcia's handiwork.
Garcia, who also goes by Designer Daddy, has worked as a couture fashion designer. After leaving the industry to focus on his family, Garcia turned his attention towards making costumes for his children. His work became so popular that Garcia has been able to make a career of designing Disney dresses for girls.
Garcia operates out of his Anaheim studio. Each dress takes about 12 hours to make and sells for around $1,600. Garcia sells hundreds of dresses every year and have been purchased by everyone from Disney fans to internet celebrities like Traci Hines.
His work has been popular among those who love to dress up like characters from movies and video games, a shock to Garcia. “I’ve always loved Disney, but I never knew I had a niche for cosplay,” says Garcia. Additionally, Garcia has always had a passion for fashion and used to watch his relatives sew garments while growing up in the Philippines.
Garcia, who has one daughter and two sons, hopes that his daughter will pass on her dresses to her own daughter one day. “Growing up in the Philippines, where people really struggled and didn’t have a lot of things, I worked really hard to be where I am now. I don’t want to spoil her, but I do want to provide the magic in her life and will remain in her memory when she’s older," says Garcia.