Even though some of our favorite Disney characters, like Snow White, for example, are over 80 years old, they don’t look a day older than when they were first created. However, French Guiana-based artist Véronique Pierre decided to bring some of them to the 21st century by giving them new age makeovers. She regularly posts videos of the makeovers on her TikTok and has already gathered a following of over 633K fans on the platform!
In a recent interview, the artist explained why the princesses in her illustrations aren’t always as merry as we remember them. The artist said that while most of us are used to seeing them as happy, in the real life everything isn’t as beautiful and easy. “We all have ups and downs,” added Véronique.
Véronique says that she was inspired to start creating the makeovers after seeing other artists creating similar images on TikTok. “I thought it was really beautiful, and I was wondering how the drawings would look with my own style,” said the artist. “So I decided to draw all the princesses.”
Morgana (Little Mermaid)
Tiana (Princess and the Frog)
Wendy (Peter Pan)
The artist said that when she was drawing Ariel, she thought to herself “If she was here with us, if she was real, what would she be like? Would it be like in the movie where everything is nice and clean?” Véronique realized that she probably wouldn’t be as happy as she was when she was created and decided to try out a more thought-provoking approach.
Madam Mim (The Sword in the Stone)
The artist also says that the villains are often underrated as they’re just as charming and charismatic as the main characters and adds that Cruella de Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians was her most favorite illustration to draw.
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Artist Crystal Walter, who goes by the name Neoqlassical Art online, has attracted the internet’s attention and caused a bit of controversy in recent days with her reimagined drawings of Disney characters as plus-size princesses.
The artist spoke openly about her project and the various reactions to it with Bored Panda. She pointed out that while most people have reacted positively, others have accused her of ‘glorifying obesity’ and promoting unhealthy lifestyles. Crystal explained that this was never her intention. Rather, she wanted to raise the issues of representation of ‘large bodies’ and how we should all love ourselves.
“I’ve never told anyone to get more fat, or that being fat is more desirable than being thin. Simply that fat lives are equal, and just as worth living as any other. The way our culture is designed is to constantly provide the means of gaining fat, while simultaneously living in crippling fear of the result, and shaming people who do get heavier.” Scroll down for the rest of our interview with Crystal, have a look at her drawings, and leave a comment with your thoughts below.
The illustrator said that her Disney project is all about positive representation. The lack of it inspired her to reimagine princesses and provide role models for people with different-sized bodies.
“Growing up, I couldn’t find any positive fat role models in the media. Historically, fat people have been demonized, or used for comedic effect, or to visibly show that a character is less intelligent than their slimmer, more cunning counterparts. This is hideously damaging to a developing child, and like many others, it led to me despising my own body. I could not physically relate to the characters I loved, like the Disney princesses I’ve re-drawn,” Crystal detailed her personal experience with the lack of role models growing up.
She shared how, as a teenager, she developed disordered eating habits, skipped meals, and overexercised to lose just a few pounds. However, in her particular case, the weight always came back, plus extra. Eventually, this led Crystal on the path of severe depression as a young adult. At that point, she was exercising and doing intermittent fasting, but felt horrible and was at one of the lowest points in her life.
“This was the biggest wakeup call on my journey to loving my body, realizing that weight and joy absolutely do not correlate. Weight and quality of life do not correlate,” Crystal shared her opinion. “Through my experience, I’ve found that whatever size you are when you’re living your most joyful, fulfilling life, is the size you’re meant to be at that time.”
The artist once again stressed that this doesn’t mean that being thin is ‘bad’ or ‘unrealistic.’ Instead, she wanted to focus on the idea that all bodies are worth being respected and accepted, no matter how much space they take up or what they can or cannot do.
“It’s true that the Disney characters I draw were unrealistic, to begin with, in that their waists were all smaller than their heads, but the reason I draw them fat is not to make them ‘realistic,’ it’s to see myself in them. To help other fat folks see themselves in them.”
The artist shared that she receives love from people who ‘finally’ feel represented all the time. “They show these drawings to their kids who may be on the big side, and they love them as well.”
Crystal also shared her ideas on how to solve the ‘obesity epidemic’ which doesn’t involve shaming people. She says that the world needs a cultural shift.
“One that provides more nutritious options in places where there are none. One that encourages fun activity, and safe places to do those activities. One that’s closer to nature and is based on kindness. One that encourages bigger people to get out and live life, not to lose weight, but just to thrive as they are.”
In Crystal’s eyes, overweight people are “just people—not people in-waiting” and deserve not to be laughed at, or looked at “with fear, disgust, or pity.” “Glorifying anything that is constantly shamed by the rest of the world is not the same as encouragement to be more of that thing. It’s just recognition that the thing does not make you a bad person, or any less of a human being. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”
The artist told Bored Panda all about her love of art. She said that she’s wanted to be an artist ever since she was a kid.
“When I was a kid, I would usually answer, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ with, ‘An artist.’ And if not that, then a rock star. I went through a brief phase in 8th grade where I dressed in boys clothes and thought I could be a rapper, but didn’t we all? But, through it all, being an artist of some sort was the goal, and what do you know, I made it!”
Crystal’s advice for any and all artists out there, as well as for anyone who’s trying to be successful in their own field, is to start with passion.
“Find a cause that hits home for you, and something that people need, and work for that. If your subject inspires you, that will give you the fuel to keep going when you’re not yet receiving great feedback or monetary compensation. And never be afraid to ask for what you want, that’s a powerful tool that gets shamed out of us early in life,” she said.
People had different reactions to Crystal’s art. Some people were very critical of it
Meanwhile, others supported the artist’s message and her drawings
Jonas is a Bored Panda writer who previously worked as a world news journalist elsewhere. After getting his bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations at the University of Manchester, he returned home and graduated from Vilnius University with a master’s degree in Comparative Politics. Jonas enjoys writing articles ranging from serious topics like politics and social issues to more lighthearted things like art, pop culture, and nature. In his spare time, Jonas writes books and short stories and likes to draw lighthearted illustrations. A huge fan of literature, films, philosophy, and tabletop games, he also has a special place in his heart for anything related to fantasy or science fiction. Read more »
Some people think that learning about art history is only for artists, art critics, and those working in the art sphere. However, one artist thinks that it’s important for everyone to learn about it. To prove that, Spanish graphic designer and illustrator Carlos Gromo created a series of Disney characters inspired by famous paintings to help people to memorize these classics better.
The artist, who is also known as carlosgromodraw to his 31k Instagram followers, started this project in 2019 when he finished his Fine Arts studies. He realized that many people don’t know much about art history or famous paintings. So he started this ongoing project with an aim to educate people in an entertaining way. The good news is that the project became a huge success and hopefully, people have learned something about classical art.#3
Based on: Edmund Blair Leighton “The Accolade” (1901)
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His series features such animated movie classics as 101 Dalmatians, Beauty and the Beast, Hercules, and Sleeping Beauty. The characters from these movies are based on the style and color palette of each painting. For instance, Belle and Beast are depicted as the famous painting “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. Just like in the painting, they look like a couple embracing each other in beautifully decorated robes. Meanwhile, Roger and Anita Radcliffe from 101 Dalmatians are shown as a farmer and his daughter in the famous 1930 painting “American Gothic” by Grant Wood.#5
“This project started because when I finished my Fine Arts career at university, as an artist, I realized that many people didn’t know many of the art paintings and I thought that I could present them in a more original way. I have always liked to draw Disney, so I thought of the idea of starting this project by drawing those characters from the movies in those pictures from art history. In this way, I managed to give visibility to many works of art and artists from different periods,” says the artist to Bored Panda.#7
Fascinated by music, movies and sitcoms, I’m passionate about social media and can’t live without the internet, especially for all the cute dog and cat pictures out there. I wish the day had about 40 hours to be able to do everything I want. Read more »
United Nations announced that the number of persons seeking asylum or escape from areas of conflict in 2016 reached 65.6 million, which is even more than there was after the World War II. Many of these refugees live in dire conditions, so a Syrian refugee and an artist, Abdalla Al Omari, has decided to act and send an urgent message to the world leaders, most of whom seem to be indifferent to the crisis.
Abdalla has created a series of paintings he called ‘The Vulnerability Series’, where he reimagines the world leaders like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un and more, as refugees themselves, putting them in harsh situations actual refugees face daily.
“Intimate hours I spent with them have thought me more than I could imagine. Just as easily as everything worth defending can become defenseless, moments of absolute powerlessness can give you superpowers” Abdalla writes on his website. “In this universe without gravity, all we can hold on to is our vulnerability. I have convinced myself it is the strongest weapon humankind possesses, way more powerful than the trail of power games, bomb craters and bullet holes in our collective memories. Vulnerability is a gift we should all celebrate.”
If you’re tired of artists giving Disney princesses modern makeovers, we have something fresh for you. Instead of giving the princesses different clothes, Japanese graphic designer Shusaku Takaoka tried reimagining Disney characters in various different scenarios that put a whole different twist on the original stories.
Princesses flipping off princes, drinking Starbucks and even DJ’ing – Shusaku’s edits are as unexpected as they are hilarious. Check them out in the gallery below!