The simplest of Google searches will show you that Disney has a rather, er, complicated history when it comes to race: How different races are depicted, if different races are even depicted at all. In fact, only four of the “official” princesses are women of color: Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, and, most recently, Tiana. Disney didn’t have a black princess until 2009.
So Tumblr artist lettherebedoodles created women of color of her own, re-imagining some Disney princesses and other female characters with a “race-bent” twist. We would watch all of these movies.
“There wasn’t really any rhyme or reason to my choices,” the artist, who goes by TT, explained. “I just started fiddling with the images and these happened.”
“I honestly just did this for fun. No political agenda, no ulterior motives,” TT continued. “I just love Disney and chose a few of my favorite characters to alter. I feel like there’s beauty in every racial background, and this is honestly nothing more then an exploration of different races from a technical and artistic standpoint.”
“Fairy tales are constantly being taken out of their cultural context. Most of the fairy tales that we know now were taken out of their original cultural context and altered,” TT says. “Aladdin was originally set in China. The Frog Prince was Latin, and was altered over and over again in several countries. The stories have been and can be altered in many ways. *shrugs*”
“I create racebent characters simply for fun and because I’d love to see more diversity in our media,” TT concludes.
To which we repeat: We want all of these movies for real. Let’s start with re-imagined Jasmine (that one knocked our socks off) and go from there!