Illustrator recreates Disney princesses with realistic body types

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Ariel from The Little Mermaid

Animated Disney characters are known for their extremely slim physiques. Sometimes this undermines the character and their story – as in the case of Mulan. For a girl who trained intensely, she doesn’t seem very muscular at all. Other characters, such as Cinderella or Ariel, have small waists that reinforce stereotypes about beauty standards. With all this in mind, illustrator Wythe Smallish decided to tweak the Disney princesses and other characters and showcase more realistic body types.

In a popular The TikTok series, Smallish first shows the original character designs, then uses her Apple Pencil to erase them, revealing her changes. The figures are fuller, stronger and generally more relatable to the everyday viewer. “Growing up as a little girl, I always looked up to [Disney’s] princesses and admired [their] stories,” she explained. “I noticed that they all had the exact same body proportions, and that made it harder for me to relate to them growing up.”

This exercise has resonated with many people. “Overall, there has been a tremendous amount of positivity and appreciation for these illustrations,” Wyethe shared. “I get messages every day saying how these photos have helped heal their inner child. That makes it so worthwhile for me.”

Check out the body transformations below, then follow Smallish on TikTok to see where the series goes.

Illustrator Wyethe Smallish decided to tweak the bodies of Disney princesses and other characters and showcase more realistic body types.

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Mulan

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Jasmine

The illustrations are part of her popular TikTok series.

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Jasmine

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Jasmine

Smallish first shows the original character designs, then uses her Apple Pencil to erase them, revealing her changes.

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Princess Tiana

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Princess Tiana

Disney Princess redrawn with realistic body types

Cinderella

The series resonates with many viewers who enjoy Disney but find the body types problematic.

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Megara

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Megara

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Princess Aurora

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Cinderella

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Princess Aurora

While Disney princesses are the focus, princes are also included.

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Prince Erik

Wythe Smallish: Website | Instagram | TikTok

My Modern Met granted permission to display images by Wyethe Smallish.

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