John M. Becker

Inspiring Women Drawn As Disney Princesses

Filed By John M. Becker | November 01, 2013 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: cartoons, Disney, Disney princesses, female role models, role models

ruth_bader_ginsburg_princess.jpgWell this is pretty fantastic: award-winning artist, cartoonist, and illustrator David Trumble has teamed up with educational psychologist Lori Day on a collection of illustrations featuring real-life female role models depicted as Disney princesses.

Trumble debuted the "World of Women" collection earlier this year on the Huffington Post, and recently chatted with the folks at Women You Should Know about his reasons for creating the images:

"This was a response to the furor kicked up over the glossy 'princessification' of Pixar's Merida character, both in image and doll form. I drew this picture because I wanted to analyze how unnecessary it is to collapse a heroine into one specific mold, to give them all the same sparkly fashion, the same tiny figures, and the same homogenized plastic smile.

"My experience of female role models both in culture and in life has shown me that there is no mold for what makes someone a role model, and the whole point of Merida was that she was a step in the right direction, providing girls with an alternative kind of princess. Then they took two steps back, and painted her with the same glossy brush as the rest. So I decided to take 10 real-life female role models, from diverse experiences and backgrounds, and filter them through the Disney princess assembly line."

Shown above is Princess Ruth Bader Ginsburg ("Supreme Princess"); Princess Hillary Clinton ("Princess 2016") is after the jump. Head on over to Women You Should Know to view the rest, including Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, Marie Curie, Gloria Steinem, and Malala Yousafzai. When you're done, visit David Trumble's website to learn more about his work.

I really enjoy Trumble's drawings, but in my mind there's at least one princess missing. The African-American civil rights movement rightfully has an "Equality Princess" (Rosa Parks), but there really needs to be an LGBT "Equality Princess" as well. And we have plenty of amazing candidates to choose from: Edie Windsor, Mary Bonauto, Audre Lorde, Gen. Tammy Smith, Mara Keisling, Urvashi Vaid, Allyson Robinson, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier... the list goes on and on.

Who would your LGBT Equality Princess be?


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