Vogue Disney Princesses

Artwork, featured, Film

These images have floated all around Tumblr for a while, so we guess it’s OK to post them here.  After a bit of digging, we found that the artist behind these re-imaginings of the Disney Princesses is Dante Tyler Brown.  You can find him on DeviantArt and we give him a shout out and full credit for his creative and slightly controversial images.  He created these in 2010, and has drawn many other things since then, so take a look at his stuff at the link provided.  As for the Disney princesses – the artist has depicted the princess Vogue-style, and then made the featured articles in the pretend magazine pertain to the movie – so for those who aren’t super familiar with the movie, I’ll go ahead and break down the references, and then tell you a little bit about the classic character after whom the Disney character was bastardized based.

The Little Mermaid‘s Ariel Vogue Cover


Some of the references are just topical – “Chic Scales – 10 blue ways to bring the sea to your wardrobe” obviously references that Ariel from The Little Mermaid was, well, a mermaid.  “Thingamabobs” is a reference to the song “Part of Your World,” and “3 Days, 2 Legs, 1 Kiss” is in reference to Ursula’s curse on Ariel – that she could have legs and walk on land to win Eric’s love, but she only had 3 days to get him to kiss her.  Oh, and she couldn’t talk, because Ursula took Ariel’s voice.  This is similar to the original tale by Hans Christian Andersen, except for Disney leaves out the part where every step the Little Mermaid takes on land feels like she’s walking on swords, and that her feet bleed.  Also, in Andersen’s story as it was first published, The Little Mermaid dies, dissolving into sea foam, because the prince marries another.  Andersen later revised the story and added on a bit about The Little Mermaid finding redemption and becoming a “daughter of the air,” though critics have bashed this coda as a cop-out.  Andersen also stated later that the behavior of children impacts how long a “daughter of the air” has to work for her soul before she gets it.  Bad children make her cry, and for every tear another day gets tacked on to their servitude.  Classic Victorian guilt.  Plus, Andersen was a sexually-repressed, really sad dude.

Aladdin’s Jasmine Vogue Cover


Dante didn’t really hit all the marks on these featured articles, in terms of references to the movie.  Where is the “don’t you dare close your eyes” reference from the biggest song from the movie, “A Whole New World?”  And, I think the three wishes (you’d get those from a genie, sure) for “gold rims, jewel tones, body suits” are a little, well, offensive.  Profiling much?   Not trying to be critical, but he could have done better.  As for the original story of Aladdin, it comes from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights) and was actually set in China.  BUT, the China in the story is Islamic and everybody has Arabic names.  So it all works out, in a totally convoluted way.  Antoine Galland, the first translator of the volume, incorporated the story of Aladdin into The Book of One Thousand and One Nights after he heard it told by a Syrian guy.  Galland’s translation of the collection of stories was very popular, and is still studied today.  There are some differences between the Disney-fied version and the original, but they aren’t as scandalous as bleeding sword feet, so we’ll let them be.

Beauty and the Beast’s Belle Vogue Cover


Here we go.  “Be Her Guest” obviously references the song “Be Our Guest” that all the animated inanimate objects sing to Belle when she first arrives at the Beast’s (castle?  manor?  estate?).  The very first scene of the movie drives home the point that Belle is a big reader, so her “top 10 novels” bit makes sense, and the “first kiss, first look, last petal” refers to the Beast’s curse, and how true love has to break the spell before the last petal falls off the glowing, floating rose.  There are roses in the original traditional fairy tale, but in it Belle has (of course) some mean sisters who look to foul up her life.  In the Disney version, Belle is an only child who lives with her father.  The story has been told and retold a hunch of different ways, most recently in a crapulent teen flick starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, and one of the Olsen twins.  Just beastly (*cough*).

Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora Vogue Cover


I don’t hate the references and quippy titles on this fake magazine cover, but I do wonder why on Earth he’d give her a one-shouldered gown.  Really?  Will everybody please just get over the one-shouldered thing?  And, that’s some hella side boob for a princess to be showing.  Just sayin’.  Anyway, the Disney Sleeping Beauty stars Aurora, the daughter of a king and queen who get their daughter cursed because they forget to invite the town witch to her christening or whatever.  These three fairies give her beauty, grace, charm, a great singing voice, etc, and the town witch messes it all up by saying that the child will prick her finger and die.  The last fairy steps up and says that no she won’t die, she’ll just fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by love’s kiss.  I mean, why couldn’t the fairy just undo the witch’s spell?  Why make it more complicated?

Cinderella Vogue Cover


The references to the movie are spot on here – from the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique to the “Dream is a Dress her Designer Makes” (a take on the song “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”).  she’s even got the glass slipper, though she’s wearing trendy thigh high tight thingies.  The original story, a German folk tale, may have been taken from an Ancient Greek story a girl named Rhodopis whose sandals were stolen by an eagle and dropped on a king.  The king was so impressed by the shape of the sandal, sent men out to look for the woman who owned the other sandal.  When they found her, they took her to the king and he married her.  No report on whether or not she was OK with that.  That story was from 1st century BC.  There are later stories (235 AD, 860 AD, and even a story in One Thousand and One Nights) that deal with a similar situation – a girl is mistreated by step sisters, there’s an evil stepmother, etc., but it’s likely that one of the variations on the German folk story informed the Disney adaptation.

Pocahontas Vogue Cover


Isn’t she sassy?  “Savage Glamour” is a reference not only to the film’s depiction of the settlers thinking that Pocahontas and her people were savages, but also the first line of the signature song from the film “Colors of the Wind,” which, despite it’s lovely message, makes me throw up in my mouth a little every time I hear it.  Added to the fact that if they had tried to make an accurate (hah!) movie about the story of Pocahontas, they would have had to figure out how explain to little kids why if Pocahontas was actually already married when she was captured by the English she was allowed to marry John Rolfe, and also they’d have to find a fun song to sing about smallpox.  The movie, to most, is a big fat fail, but this cover is a win.

The Princess and the Frog’s Tiana Vogue Cover


All the references to the film are right on – the voodoo, the reference to Tiana having a restaurant (in the movie she aspires to, and then gets to, open a restaurant).  She has the distinction of being Disney’s first Black princess, and the film was traditionally animated – the first Disney movie to be animated that way since 2004.  The plot is loosely based on the Frog Prince folk tale about a handsome prince who is turned into a frog, and only transformed back through the kiss of a reluctant princess.  However, the Grimm version of the story has the prince reverting to human form when the princess throws him against a wall.  Nice.

Snow White Vogue Cover

Snow White

Indeed, Snow White is “the original princess,” being the focus of the first full-length animated motion picture.  It came out in 1937.  Though, according to the movie, Snow White’s real philosophy was to “whistle while you work,” the outfit is spot on and the little dig about “7 men to 1” is a reference, of course, to the seven dwarfs.   As expected, the Grimm Brothers offered a different sort of tale than the one Disney presented.  Not to say that the Disney tale wasn’t twisted enough – the wicked stepmother who can also do MAGIC sends a huntsman to take Snow White into the woods and cut out her heart.  The huntsman lets her go, and uses some other heart instead.  Not a human one.  Snow White doesn’t know where to go, so she shacks up (not in a dirty way) with 7 dwarfs with cute names who try to protect her, but she eats a poison apple that the evil stepmother brings her (in disguise) when she finds out she’s alive and Snow White goes into a coma and the dwarfs put her in a glass coffin.  A prince comes along and just has to kiss the dead girl, so they let him, and she wakes up.  In the Grimm version, the queen wants Snow White’s lungs and liver, not her heart (also a labor intensive task for the huntsman – was he kind or just lazy?), and in the Grimm version the dwarfs let her stay on only if she cleans up after them, unlike the movie where it’s totally her idea to clean up their messy little shack.  In the Grimm version, the queen finds out Snow White is alive and tries to kill her three times and is successful (ish) the third time.  In the Grimm story, the prince carries the seemingly dead girl off (wha?) and the apple gets dislodged from her throat, reviving her (hopefully he’s happy about this?), and they get married.  Snow White is then a queen, and when she goes to visit her evil stepmother she orders red hot iron shoes to be placed on the evil queen’s feet and she has to dance until she’s dead.  Nice, huh?  For a totally different take on the story, check out Neil Gaiman’s story “Snow, Glass, Apples.”

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