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Disney Princesses have been getting a serious make-over of late. Gone are the days where they have to wait around for a handsome prince, nope the gals are doing it for themselves.

And you know they'd just smash it in the real world. This illustration series from Simple.Thrifty.Living shows just how they would smash all of the glass ceilings. 

Disney Princesses – Simple Thrifty Living

 Illustrated by 24-year-old Matt Brut, he and his team wanted to create inspirational careers for the princesses. 

"I wanted to create something other people might look up to," he told TODAY. "My teammates and I chose roles that not only fit the specific princess, but also showed them thriving in their career and in traditionally male-dominated fields."

In Brut's interpretation, Rapunzel is a neurologist, Aurora is a coffee company CEO, Meridan is an Olympic athlete and Mulan is a human rights lawyer. Moana's love of exploring sees her cast as a navy officer where Cinderella is an animal rights activist and Pocahontas continues to fight for nature as an environmentalist. 

"Jasmine is my favourite," said Burt. "I think her role as a U.N. ambassador is a perfect fit for her, and it matches her personality from the movie."

The pictures and descriptions of the princesses/career women have gone global, and Brut is touched by the reaction they've received. 

"I'm incredibly humbled by it," he said. "People from across the world have taken time to write me — not something that usually happens to a graphic designer."

A student from thr Philippines even wrote to him explaining how much they inspired her. 

"She said it was a reminder that she doesn't have to follow social norms to be successful," he said. "I also have had parents emailing me asking if they could print out the graphics for their daughters."

Let's take a look a few of our favourite successfully ever afters: 

 "Elsa and Anna – Climate Change Scientists – 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." 

"Belle – University Chancellor – 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." 

"Tiana – James Beard Award-Winning Chef and Restaurateur – 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 flavours."

"Mulan – Title IX Lawyer – After experiencing discrimination both personally and in the military, Mulan turned her sights on a law degree, graduating with the highest honours. 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." 

Girl power to the max! 


Time and time again we read articles about how Disney sets a bad example for young girls, how the notion that we need a Prince Charming to feel happy and fulfilled is outdated and insulting.

But that isn't always so.

I grew up watching Disney princesses, and I credit them for helping shape me into the strong, confident and driven woman that I am. (honest!)

So, let's first shine a light on the Prince Charming anti-feminism theory.

There is no shame in wanting to fall in love, ladies, and that is the premise Disney classics express. The likes of Snow White and Cinderella pursued a great romance, not because they needed a man, but because they wanted to experience true love – plain and simple.

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In fact, these famous princesses set an example for little girls everywhere. We all deserve to be loved, unconditionally, and true love does actually exist.

It is worth noting that Disney also tells us that it is actually okay NOT to have a man in your life if the circumstance just doesn’t feel right. Don’t believe me? Take the beautiful and independent Pocahontas.

This Native American princess falls madly in love with the dapper John Smith, who offers to take her home with him, to ‘civilisation.’

A hard pass from Pocahontas, who insists on staying in her home, with her friends and family. Right on, lady – live your truth!

In fact, Disney princesses are ALL considered to be feminists – in their own individual ways, and that’s actually why they wear a lot of blue (yes, I’m serious).

It is no coincidence that Elsa, Jasmine and Belle have all worn gorgeous blue outfits at some stage.

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Leatrice Eiseman, of the Pantone Colour Institute, told Allure last year that the reason for all of the blue is female empowerment. "You're adding a bit of power to the character by giving her the blue. It's a very subtle way of saying, 'Yeah, but young women, young girls, can be empowered, too.'" Beauty and the Beast costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, said that the shade of blue fits Belle's role as an "active heroine."

“There is a sort of refinement and crispness to light blue, but there's also blue in work wear,” she said. “It is a practical colour and a colour that you can work in. In that sense, it is full of active strength.”

And when you think about it, it makes perfect sense: Princess Jasmine escapes the evil clutches of Jafar, Belle finds adventure in the great wide somewhere, and Cinderella defies her stepmother by attending the ball and meeting her Prince – all while wearing a gorgeous shade of blue.

Plus, it goes against gender conforming colours, establishing that the colour blue isn't just for boys after all (not that we needed reminding!) It's also the colour of the sky, reminding us of positivity and hope.

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Disney princesses also exude individuality and independence – and serious amounts of bravery.

The amazing Belle from Beauty and The Beast saves her father from imprisonment, by volunteering to take his place. Mulan dresses up as a male soldier and goes to war instead of her elderly father. Ana ventures into the snowy wilderness to save her sister Elsa from banishment, and helps her to control her powers, showing us that a sister’s love is like no other.

Selfless acts like these are a common sight in Disney film and culture – and that is something that should inspire all of us.

It’s not all tiaras and dresses, either. Throughout the years, Disney princesses have been driven and hungry for success, specifically Tiana, from Princess and the Frog. This heroine is almost relentless in accomplishing her goals, working from an early age to save up enough money to open a restaurant.

Her hard work pays off (another brilliant lesson, we might add) and ultimately Tiana becomes a proud business owner.  And yes, she falls in love at the same time, because women can literally do it all.

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Listen, we know that it can be fairly easy to poke holes in Disney films, but we must remember: they are a product of their time. Snow White was released in 1937 – that is EIGHTY YEARS AGO, which was less than 20 years after woman earned the right to vote in the U.S. 

So, in actual fact, you could argue that in many ways Disney princesses were ahead of their time.

Whatever message you choose to take from Disney princesses  – they have been loved by children for almost 100 years and that should count for something. 

Cinderella said it best when she said "the greatest risk any of us will take is to be seen as we are".

So I will continue to be proud of my captivation with the power of the princess.


Cartoon creators have long been criticised for their limited depiction of female beauty, but over the last few years Disney has made a notable effort to introduce greater ethnic diversity into its productions.

While this move has received much praise, many people still believe that not enough body types are represented by the much-loved Disney princesses.

Because of this situation YouTube star Loey Lane decided to film herself dressed in a Little Mermaid style bikini.



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In a video which had been viewed more than 160,000 times since March, the plus-size fashion and beauty vlogger explains why having curvy Disney princesses or Barbies to look up to as a child would have made her feel more comfortable with her own body.

The self-proclaimed "Not So Little Mermaid" reflects back on one childhood experience in particular when she visited a Disney centre on a youth trip and realised that the Little Mermaid character who best represented her frame was the evil villain Ursula.

Check out her video below:



It’s not all fabulous ball gowns and handsome princes, we understand the life of the Disney princess can be little bit, strange.

Comedian Amy Schumer has recently come out as saying maybe we shouldn’t look up to these fictional ladies as much as we do.

However, you cannot deny that the Disney princess squad have got the best hair. They just do. For decades they’ve been leaving us envious and frankly, a little confused. How does one master Belle’s perfectly “messy” romantic ponytail without looking like you just rolled out of bed?

We’ve got you covered. We took it upon ourselves to bring to you some of the best tutorials from around the internet help you take your hair game to the next level.


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The cold will never bother your braid anyway. Tutorial is here

Rapunzel's epic braid

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​That high-pony though, slay.


Effortless. Tutorial is here 


Super retro glam tutorial is here