Disney princesses are part of our childhood fantasies (and some adult wedding fantasies as well), and while many of us love what they represented in our childhoods, there were always certain aspects of unrealistic that have troubled viewers (like, seriously, how can Ariel’s hair be so perfect in and out of water?) Loryn Brantz, an illustrator at BuzzFeed, recently created a series of images that “unmasked” some of our favorite Disney heroines by revealing their faces without makeup. While they’re still fresh-faced and beautiful, it’s kind of an amazing and super real new perspective on some of the most idealized fictional characters of all time. Take a peek at some of the examples below.
1. Elsa from Frozen: Our favorite snow queen of Arendelle looks about a decade younger without her super glammed-up purple eye makeup. The detail of a bit of redness around the nose is also perfect. Pair that clean face with a messy braid and she’s just as adorable. Frankly, we’re a little fonder of the makeup-free Elsa after she has let it goooo, let it goooooooo. (“It” being makeup.)
2. Ariel from The Little Mermaid: The most famous mermaid in the world got an awesome makeunder. She’s taken off her mascara, concealers and Taylor-Swiftian (we’re coining that) red lipstick — and while she still looks stunning, she also looks refreshingly real. This is probably how Ariel looks when she rolls out of her clamshell in the morning.
3. Snow White from, duh, Snow White: Disney’s film came out in 1937, so Snow White definitely belonged to the generation of over-plucking brows (hey, Marlene Dietrich). Hopefully she’ll lay off on the tweezers for a while. Other than being browless, rougeless and with her falsies off, we think Snow is still a babe.
What do you think of these images? How do you want to see Disney princesses reimagines? Tell us in the comments below!
(Photos via Loryn Brantz/BuzzFeed)