DisneyBound Fan Creates ‘AfricanPRINTcess’ Photography Project to Celebrate Black History Month. Avid DisneyBounder, Audrey Lee Young who portrayed Ariel for the project, started with a dream to bring together a community of black women to represent the Disney Princesses using tradition African prints to represent their shared heritage and the individuality of the famed characters.
After years of planning and growing closer with other DisneyBounders, Audrey’s dream finally cam true as the 14 women and their photographer, Madeline Barr, visited Disneyland in Anaheim, CA and quickly drew attention of park guests, Cast Members, and Disney characters who happened to cross paths with the ladies during their visit. Some of the characters included: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Chip and Dale, and they were all so excited to spend some time with these lovely ladies.
“At one point we finally had to leave Main Street because there were a lot of people staring and pointing as photos were being taken,” Audrey said. “All day guests were commenting on how beautiful and majestic we looked.”
Take a closer look at these GORGEOUS “PRINTcesses” as the celebrate their favorite Disney Princesses and their heritage with these stunning African prints!
Erica Kurzawa as Snow White (Instagram: @erikaenchanted)
Jessica Bray as Cinderella (Instagram: @dapperjess)
Debbie Vickers as Aurora (Instagram: @geekygarbs)
Audrey Lee Young as Ariel (Instagram: @audreyleeyoung)
Lauren Gabourel as Belle (Instagram: @dressesandcapes)
Ranitra Coleman as Jasmine (Instagram: @missgolden_lady)
Cherish-Sally Mutua as Pocahontas (Instagram: @chrshpls)
Dominique Brown as Tiana (Instagram: @dominiquebrown)
Tiffie Starchild as Rapunzel (Instagram: @tiffiestarchild)
Michelle Levert as Merida (Instagram: @miniaturemissy)
Sheena Henry as Anna (Instagram: @3babykoi)
Tiffany Sutton as Elsa (Instagram: @followtheyellowbrickgirl)
Alia Dong-Stewart as Moana (Instagram: @crossfit_disney_princess)
Domonique “Dom” Battle as Vanellope (Instagram: @domdivadoesit)
“It was important to see this through because when I came up with the idea, it was literally because our group had run out of black women Disney characters to portray,” Audrey shared. “After only TWO projects we had depleted the extent of black female Disney characters (the Muses and Princess Tiana). I said, ‘Well if there aren’t any more black Disney girls, let’s make the Disney girls black.'”
“For all the little girls out there who still don’t see the representation they deserve or who are still told that their black/brown skin and kinky hair are undesirable, you are beautiful princesses. The standard of beauty is YOU! You can be a mermaid, you can be a boss lady, you can be a warrior, you can be an adventurer,” Audrey said. “Dream big and dream bold.”
We love these looks and it truly goes to show that ANYONE can be a Disney Princess, no matter what. What a wonderful way to celebrate Black History Month. We would love to see your favorite DisneyBound in the comments. Feel free to share your photos and why you chose that character to inspire your outfit, we love reading your stories!
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Featured Photo Credit: Madeline Barr Photography
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