Portraits of Black Girls as Disney Princesses


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.

“Princess Amethyst,” inspired by Rapunzel
“Princess Amber,” inspired by Moana
“Princess Aquamarine,” inspired by Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”
“Princess Citrine,” inspired by Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”
“Princess Diamond,” inspired by Anna from “Frozen”
“Princess Emerald,” inspired by Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog”

“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.

“Princess Jade,” inspired by Cinderella
“Princess Moonstone,” inspired by Elsa from “Frozen”
“Princess Obsidian,” inspired by Shuri from “Black Panther”
“Princess Onyx,” inspired by Pocahontas
“Princess Rose Quartz,” inspired by Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty”
“Princess Tigers Eye,” inspired by Nala from “The Lion King”
“Princess Turquoise,” inspired by Jasmine from “Aladdin”

You can find more of Gatson’s work on her Instagram. You can find more work by CreativeSoul Photography on its website, Facebook, and Instagram. Prints of this series are also available here.

(via CreativeSoul Photography via My Modern Met)


Image credits: Photographs by CreativeSoul Photography and used with permission





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