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.
via: GettyWith 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.
@rashadrobinson @DisneyAnimation Did Disney think we wouldnt notice?! They even made her roots less coarse. https://t.co/Th8KNzaIVc— Crystals in the Coochie Tweeter✨🔮🐈💦 (@Crystals in the Coochie Tweeter✨🔮🐈💦)1537551552.0
Of course, Disney hurridly issued an apology...
Big news. Because of COC members and convos with @DisneyAnimation, Princess Tiana has been restored to her original… https://t.co/nmaTIBoIVj— Rashad Robinson (@Rashad Robinson)1537453668.0
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.
via: FacebookThe Atlanta-based couple specializes in family and children photography, all while focusing primarily on black culture.
Their website explains:
via: Facebook"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.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...
Alongside hairstylist, LaChanda Gatson, the couple have re-envisioned the traditional Disney princesses...Huffington Post in an email.
It is a completely unique approach to the world of Disney princesses.
And, for LaChanda, this was an opportunity to make her childhood dream come true.
via: Facebook“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...