Among all the official Disney Princesses, only Tiana from 2009’s The Princess and the Frog is African American. But have you ever wondered what the other princesses would look like if they had the same ethnicity as the Princess of Maldonia? Well, wonder no more, as two recent cosplay series imagine what Disney Princesses would look like if they were portrayed by Black girls and Black women.
Led by creative director LaChanda Gatson and photographer duo Kahran and Regis Bethencourt of CreativeSoul Photography, the first cosplay series features Black girls wearing theatrical costumes inspired by the signature outfits of the Disney Princesses. The second cosplay series, meanwhile, is called AfricanPRINTcesses. Headed by longtime Disney fan Audrey Lee Young and photographer Madeline Barr, the AfricanPRINTcesses project showcases Black women dressed in modern-day Disney-themed attires made from traditional African prints and fabrics. Click through below to see the mesmerizing photos from both cosplay series.
#1 Emoni Kemp as Anna
Inspired by Anna’s winter wear from 2013’s Frozen, Emoni Kemp’s lustrous costume is decked out with ornate prints and designs reminiscent of African motifs. Though made from shiny silk-like fabric, Emoni’s cape still looks a lot like Anna’s cloak, as both pieces of outer garment have similar color and feature tassels on the edge.