This Artist Reimagines Disney Princesses With Careers Based on Their Characters and We’re Obsessed

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Disney princesses have always been a part of our lives and though we adore them, we’re trying to find other ways to be able to relate to them. As society moves away from the traditional roles it’s always upheld, it’s no good just being considered “beautiful” anymore. We’re not here to accept passive roles anymore. Having a prince might be cool, but having a career is definitely better.

And though Disney has never presented us with those kinds of narratives, artists have taken it upon themselves to do us the favor. And the results are amazing. This particular graphic designer named Matt Burt decided he wanted to change our perceptions of the princesses by reimagining them as successful career women and we’re totally obsessed!

Keep scrolling to see how your favorites fit into the modern era.

“In many ways, the princesses have become larger-than-life characters. They’re characters people look up to, relate to, and learn from and, to many people, are more than just animations in movies.”

“In recent years, artists have reimagined the princesses as many different things, but there’s one that hadn’t been done: The Disney princesses reimagined as empowered women with successful careers.”

Careers that make an impact.

Matt Burt, a graphic artist who works for Simply Thrift Living on special projects, came to them and asked if he could create a series of illustrations that show the princesses in strong roles. They happily agreed.

“When it came to selecting the careers for the women, Matt and the team had a few goals in mind. The first was to have their career be one that made an impact.”

They made sure each princess was either a “rising star” or “towards the top of their career ladder.” Additionally, they wanted these roles to be ones that are traditionally male-dominated.

“Because so many people see the princesses as a source of inspiration, [they] wanted to show that you can succeed in a career that you want, even if it is outside of societal and gender norms. Finally, [they] wanted to make sure their career fit the personality and characteristics of the princesses.”

“Matt said the design process for this project was one of the lengthiest he’s had to work on. ‘In all, it took nearly three months to illustrate all of the princesses. One of the hardest parts was drawing 2D versions of princesses in 3D movies, such as Merida from Brave and Rapunzel from Tangled.’ In particular, drawing Merida’s hair was a challenge and made me appreciate the work of the movie’s graphic artists.”

“Overall, Matt said Jasmine was his favorite princess to illustrate. ‘From her look to the career we chose for her, I thought everything came together perfectly on her.'”

Prepare to be amazed!

We all know little Cinders as the girl who lost her shoe on the way home but still managed to run home without getting any broken glass in her foot. Luck must have really been on her side that night.

“While she has her Fairy Godmother to thank, Cinderella would not be where she is without the help of her animal companions. She believes where there is kindness there is goodness, and it’s her heart’s wish to see animals treated with respect. She used her position of influence to found a non-profit organization committed to promoting animal rights.”

Our favorite little mermaid brings a sense of joy with her stunning smile and her bright, red hair. And in the real world, these two aspects help her thrive.

“Ariel has always excelled in music, having natural talent and a passion for singing. Considered the best of her talented sisters, Ariel took her skills and made it her career. She went multi-platinum with her single, “Part of Your World,” and now both writes her own music and is a producer at her own label, Seven Seas Records.”

These two sisters aren’t going to hide away from the world anymore.

“Elsa, Anna, and the citizens of Arendelle know a few things about the effects of climate change. While their companion Olaf may love summer, the sun, and all things hot, Anna and Elsa recognize what a rising global temperature might mean. They have dedicated their careers to studying climate change and presenting accurate, well-sourced information.”

No more sleeping for Aurora, she’s now got a coffee company to run!

“Aurora knows how hard it is to wake up. After being awoken from her enchanted sleep, she made it her career to help others stay awake — and what better way to do that than coffee! Aurora is the founder of Spinning Wheel Coffee, one of the leading coffee chains in the nation.”

Rather than just being a hobby, Merida has decided to take archery to a professional level.

“Merida competed for her own hand in marriage, so why not for a gold medal in the Olympics? Skilled in both archery and horseback riding, Merida competes for her country in multiple events. She’s already won multiple golds, but aims to add a few more in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

After she settled down with her husband, Adam, she pursued her love for learning.

“There was always much more in store for Belle than a provincial life. Inspired by her love of books and knowledge, Belle went into academia. After receiving her doctorate in education, Belle has risen to the level of chancellor at a major university. She is committed to affordable and equal education for all.”

Pocahontas is connected to her roots as well as everything around her and that is why she has taken it upon herself to start her own charity.

“Pocahontas knows that we’re all connected to each other and is committed to protecting nature and what is just around the riverbend. She heads a non-profit organization committed to preserving and protecting the environment. Through a combination of activism, action, and promoting awareness, she fights for protection and sustainable use of our natural resources.”

The queen of adventures is now venturing further than just the islands she is familiar with.

“The sea has always called to Moana. What it taught her is that she is a natural leader, guiding her people and returning them to their ancient voyaging traditions. Using these strengths, Moana has excelled in the Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. She has been awarded multiple honors during her service, such as two Navy Achievement medals and a National Defense Service Medal. With such a successful start, there’s no telling how far she’ll go in her career.”

Rumored to be the oldest Disney princess out there, Snow has decided to leave behind the housekeeping role.

“Snow White has always been known for being caring, thoughtful, and someone willing to lend a hand to those in need. Using these strengths paired with hard work, she earned her doctorate in psychology and is one of the leaders in the field of mental health. She presents her research at conferences throughout the year but always takes time to provide the best care to her clients… whether they’re feeling happy, bashful, grumpy, or anything else. It’s her mission to not only help her clients but also support other mental health professionals so they can offer their clients top-notch care.”

Dreams do really come true, with hard work and Tiana is proof of that.

“Growing up and being inspired by her father’s love of cooking, Tiana has always known what she has wanted to do. She now stands at the top of the culinary world, winning the James Beard Award and owning one of the most popular restaurants in the country. Every day she digs a little deeper, trying out new dishes and experimenting with new recipes and flavors.”

Rapunzel decided she wanted to make the best of the time she’s got by helping others.

“Since her birth, Rapunzel has always had the power to heal. After saving her future husband, Eugene Fitzherbert, and reuniting with her royal family, Rapunzel went to medical school and earned her doctorate. She specialized in neurology and has become a leading expert in the country. It’s now her dream to help as many patients as she can and provide exceptional medical care.”

Having been on the receiving end of some pretty brutal judgements, Mulan has decided she wants to help others who are facing a similar situation she faced when she wanted to be part of her country’s military.

“After experiencing discrimination both personally and in the military, Mulan turned her sights on a law degree, graduating with the highest honors. She now fights for equality on university campuses, ensuring that men and women are given the same treatment and opportunities. With all the strength of a raging fire, she advocates for those who have faced adversity due to their gender.”

Jasmine knows women’s rights are an important aspect pf society that needs sorting out. With the power in her hands, she demands change!

“Jasmine has always fought for what’s right and for change where it is needed — she’s not a prize to be won. A natural politician, she now advocates for her country of Agrabah at the United Nations. One of her primary initiatives is protecting women’s rights by ensuring that women are treated fairly across the globe.”

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