Dressing up like Disney characters might usually be reserved for entertaining little ones, Cinderella-style weddings and Halloween costumes, but for some lucky folks, transforming into Disney Princesses is more than just an occasional whimsy. For some, it’s even a full-time gig and all-encompassing hobby. Take, for instance, 25-year-old Sarah Ingle, who has spent a pretty penny to become an IRL Ariel, Belle and Elsa, among many others.
The Denver, Colorado marketing manager (no, being a princess isn’t her job; it’s more of a super pricey pastime) spends her time morphing from the girl next door into your fave on-screen ladies.
With a collection of 17 costumes and 16 wigs, she is able to become any one of nine Disney princesses. Taking hours to achieve each look, Sarah takes turns becoming Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, Rapunzel, Merida and Elsa or Anna from Frozen.
“It takes a lot of time to get into the outfits,” she told Hotspot Media. “Then I have a different wig and makeup look for each princess. I have to contour my face when I play Aurora from Sleeping Beauty because my face is much rounder than hers. And as I have hazel eyes, I have to wear blue contact lenses for the Little Mermaid and Elsa from Frozen.”
Creating each look herself, Sarah explained that “each dress can take up to six months to make, and I source many different materials from all over the world, including silk and organza before drawing my final designs.”
Her finished looks are incredible and bring each animated character to life. And, considering the fact that Sarah has spent an estimated $14,000 thus far, the costumes are as justifiably impressive as they are wildly gorgeous.
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