African-American Princesses Series is a beautiful portrait project that reimagines the traditional fairy tale princess as young Black girls with their own dash of style and culture.
Created by hairstylist LaChanda Gatson and the child photography business CreativeSoul Photography, the project aims to “inspire more girls around the world to start seeing themselves as regal princesses.”
“The idea was developed early on in childhood from the consistent lack of representation of Black children in mostly all forms of media where children play a significant part,” Gatson says. “Even though I loved watching and reading fairytales and fantasy, I would often reimagine these characters more relatable to me and my culture.”
Gatson compiled a list of fictional princesses from fairy tales told around the world, including those made famous by Disney’s iconic animated movies, and then reimagined them as Black urban royalty.
“I chose a team of talented Black creatives and created the change I wanted to see,” Gatson says, adding that she hopes this series is the beginning of more inclusion and Black creativity in the world of fantasy.
Image credits: Photographs by CreativeSoul Photography and used with permission