20 Disney Princesses Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before
Ever wondered what Snow White, Mulan, or Cinderella would look like in real life? Finnish artist and photographer Jirka Väätäinen certainly did. But instead of just idly wondering, he used his impeccable skills as an artist to render stunningly realistic drawings of all the Disney princesses and female characters. The results are these astonishing ultra-realistic portraits, depicting our favorite Disney heroines as we’ve never seen them before. Read on to check them out and learn some things you may not have known about these famous fictional ladies.
In 1992’s Aladdin, Princess Jasime is the spunky daughter of the Sultan who refuses to be given away in marriage. Jirka’s portrait accentuates her Middle Eastern heritage. It really puts Jasmine in “a whole new world”.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was based on the German fairy tale of the same name. The eponymous character of Snow White is cheerful, if somewhat naive. Her realistic portrait retains her snow-white skin and blushing red cheeks, but tones it all down to realistic levels.
2013’s Frozen was produced long after Disney abandoned traditional animation in favor of computer generated imagery. As such, Anna has quite a bit of detail on her face, but her proportions and facial structure remain cartoonish. Jirka’s ultra-realistic drawing corrects this, giving us a glimpse of what the Princess of Arendelle would actually look like.
Another princess from Frozen, Elsa posses the cryokinetic power to control ice. Like many Disney characters, she was partially based on a classic literary character — the titular character from Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.