Designer Re-Creates Disney Princesses with Realistic Waistlines
byKaitlin StanfordOct 31, 2014
Over the years, we've grown pretty accustomed to seeing our Disney princesses up on screen with barely there waistlines, curvy hips and seemingly unattainable measurements. Their images all seem to imply the same thing: This is beauty.
But this week, Buzzfeed's own Loryn Brantz decided to challenge that theory and show us something even more beautiful: what it would look like if our favorite Disney heroines looked a lot more like us.
Sure, she still kept Pocohontas' long, flowing locks and gorgeous gaze ...
And Ariel's pretty face and trademark red mane ...
But let's talk about those waistlines—they look fuller, less exaggerated, more unmistakably ... real! You know, kind of how ours look. And guess what? These ladies still look amaze.
Take Belle, for example.
How could we have ever thought her original waistline made any sort of sense?
Or Jasmine, who is pretty much so anatomically correct it's mind-boggling.
Brantz's comparisons immediately reminded us of artist Meridith Viguet's tongue-in-cheek "tutorial" from last year, in which she instructs young girls on how to draw the "perfect" Disney princess. Some pointers? Go for a "defined" waist (aka tinier than tiny), a long, slender neck and full, "perky" breasts (B- or C-cups only, please). As for hips? Well, Viguet points out, those rounded curves you see aren't exactly hips, so don't get confused. As with the character of Meg from Hercules, "[H]er curves DON'T come from having really round hips, but from connecting the top of her legs (which are at their widest) to a slim waist."
Hmmm ... pretty spot on, if you ask us.
Viguet, who was just 19 at the time her tutorial went viral, apparently created it four years earlier—at just 15 years old, according to the New York Daily News. Her artwork was discovered on Pinterest by (you guessed it) Buzzfeed, and later recirculated on their site.
Since then, Viguet says the reactions to her tutorial have been mixed. While some have been positive, she says "the other half wants to stick forks in my cornea, because I sound bitter, inexperienced, ignorant, and like I'm bashing Disney's method of stylization." (She's quick to add that her original intent was not knock Disney at all.)
As for Brantz's recent take on those unrealistic Disney princess bods, you can see more of her re-creations over on Buzzfeed.