Stunning Photos Reimagine Disney Princesses as 'Black Urban Royalty' | 22 Words

A photography studio has been praised after they staged a photoshoot that reimagined Disney princesses as Black Urban Royalty.

Keep scrolling to hear the powerful message behind the project, and to see the incredible photos for yourself...

What do Disney princesses all have in common?

Well, most of them are damsels in distress, for one. And they're all waiting for their happily ever after... Oh, and they're mostly white.

Yep, as much as we love the staple Disney cartoons...

It can't be denied that they are unbelievably white-washed.

For decades now, Disney has had an issue with its diversity.

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With the exception of Pocahontas and Princess Jasmine, most of the princesses presented to us in their movies have all been caucasian.

It has taken the animation giants decades to finally address their diversity issues...

And only in the last ten years have we seen the introduction of more culturally diverse characters, such as Moana and Princess Tiana.

And even then, they couldn't get it right.

Princess Tiana's appearance in Wreck It Ralph 2 caused an awful lot of controversy after they allegedly (well, obviously) lightened the character's skin and smoothed out her hair. Evidently, authentic black features don't fit Disney's beauty standards.

Of course, Disney hurridly issued an apology...

And they restored the princess to her original depiction. However, this simply is not good enough, and their blatantly racist standards when it comes to the appearance of their princesses needs to change.

We can only wait and see what the future of ethnically diverse princesses holds...

But, in the meantime, a pair of photographers have taken matters into their own hands.

Husband and wife, Regis and Kahran Bethencourt run their own photography studio, CreativeSoul.

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The Atlanta-based couple specializes in family and children photography, all while focusing primarily on black culture.

Their website explains:

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"CreativeSoul Photography believes that everyone deserves to truly be seen, so we go beyond just capturing beautiful snapshots. We’re more than just photographers. We are artists and trusted business partners obsessed with unique, visual storytelling and capturing unconventional beauty."

Recently, the couple gained viral attention for their Afro Art series.

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On the unique series, they said: "The purpose of this series is to illustrate the story of our royal past, celebrate the glory of the here and now, and even dare to forecast the future. With this series, we aim to empower children of color to embrace their natural curls and the skin that they’re in."

But now, they have been working on a new project...

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And it is remarkably inspiring.

Alongside hairstylist, LaChanda Gatson, the couple have re-envisioned the traditional Disney princesses...

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But in the style of Black Urban Royalty. The project is aimed at "redefining and reimagining the traditional princess with their own dash of style, culture, and swag," Kahran told the Huffington Post in an email.

It is a completely unique approach to the world of Disney princesses.

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“The goal is to inspire more girls around the world to start seeing themselves as regal princesses," Kahran explained.

And, for LaChanda, this was an opportunity to make her childhood dream come true.

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“I loved watching and reading fairy tales and fantasy," she said. “I would often reimagine these characters more relatable to me and my culture." Keep scrolling to see the incredible project...


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Here, Cinderella's trademark blonde hair and blue eyes have been replaced with a traditional African hairstyle, and her dress modified to be adapted to black urban royalty.

Snow White.

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LaChanda noted: "Young Black girls often grow up without seeing anyone who looks like them in the stories they consume."

Ariel from The Little Mermaid.

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Now, this is an Ariel I can get on board with.

Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.

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Princess Tiana makes for the most beautiful urban royalist.

The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland.

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And there's one thing that all these princesses share... No knight in shining armor.


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LaChanda explained that these princesses aren't your typical damsels in distress, because "they possess the healing powers of their ancestral lineage."

"It is always my mission to always empower, inspire, encourage, and uplift my community, my people, and most importantly my future. Those Black girls are me."

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What an amazing project. For more on Disney characters re-envisioned, keep scrolling to see the portraits of them reimagined as real people...