Previously we’ve seen sexy incarnations of some of our beloved Disney Princesses … we’ve even seen real life celebs all dressed up as Disney Princesses. Today we get to see a series of photographs taken by Ryan Astamendi that bring a few Disney Princesses to LIFE in real life models. Belle, Jasmin, Aurora, Snow White … they’re all here … in the flesh. Check out the fun photos below.
Millions of little girls across the world are smitten with Disney’s beautiful princesses. From Sleeping Beauty to Princess Jasmine and Belle, the images of these animated beauties, with their flaxen-haired, full lips and impossible proportions, have become iconic thanks to the popularity of the Disney films in which they star. And now, thanks to the skill of U.S. photographer and Disney character artist Ryan Astamendi, their beauty has been brought to life. The California-based photographer has created incredible real-life versions of Disney princesses – and the likenesses are uncanny. Those who have been to one of Disney’s theme parks in the U.S. or Paris may have seen real-life princesses in the flesh – but this is the first time a photographer has recreated the princessesin such meticulous detail. Mr Astamendi, who has spent the past 18 years working as a character artist for the Walt Disney Company, says he was inspired by Disney animation from an early age. Growing up in Burbank, California, he says he was fortunate enough to be tutored by a few of Disney’s artists, and went on to study at CalArts, where he majored in Character Animation. From that platform he managed to find work with Disney as a Character Artist, where he had a hand in developing Disney’s characters – and developed a fondness for the Disney princesses. He embarked upon the photography project he has named ‘the Princess Series’, shooting real-life versions of his favourite princesses one-by-one. What is essential for the success of his work is, he says, a ‘great costume, and a great model.’
These are great! The models here bring these Disney Princesses to life way better than the castmembers do at Disneyland or Disney World. I love when artists do things like this. It’s very cool to see stuff in a different light, right? So fun!