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Disney Launches Intricate and “Diverse” New Versions of Disney Princesses

The Disney princesses may have just gotten a makeover in the form of their Barbie dolls from Mattel, but now the beloved Disney princess characters are getting an entirely different upgrade!

Disney is partnering with the iconic photography duo called CreativeSoul (i.e., photographers and authors Regis and Kahran Bethencourt) for a Disney princess doll collection “that completely reimagines what a classic princess could look like through a diverse new lens.”

According to the CreativeSoul website, this “brilliant new collection” has specifically been made “to further empower girls of color and show they can be a princess, too.”

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When it comes to the dolls’ designs (which represent the Disney princesses Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Tiana), “each model stands confidently with naturally textured hair.”

Each doll is also sporting “custom African fabrics and jewelry” with “rich colors and textures” that are meant to “[reflect] the vibrancy of the culture.” Take a look at the gorgeous dresses on these dolls, which rival the couture Disney doll collections’ gowns in terms of decadence and beauty!

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There is one more factor in these Disney princess dolls’ diversity that you might not have noticed at first glance, as well: “the girls also strike a bold pose to show what it’s like to be engaged and empowered.”

Even a look at Cinderella’s expression in the photo below will indicate that she is “engaged” and capable, as opposed to the somewhat sleepy look that can often be seen on the faces of more traditional doll versions of the Cinderella princess!

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Regis and Kahran Bethencourt are also the authors of the book “GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty,” which was a New York Times bestseller.

These photographers have done several well-received projects, with a strong focus on “thought-provoking imagery showcasing kids across the African Diaspora by bringing to life past, present, and future visions of black culture to create a society where all kids are created equally and feel empowered to move in the world as their true authentic self.”

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Credit: creativesoulphoto.com

This new collection of four Disney princesses is coming to shopDisney, Disneyland Resort, and Walt Disney World Resort on February 3!

What do you think of these new iterations of the Disney princess dolls? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!