Disney fanatics will already recognize Elle Fanning for her role as Princess Aurora / Sleeping Beauty in ‘Maleficent’ and ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ opposite Angelina Jolie, or perhaps for her groundbreaking role on the ongoing show ‘The Great’, but the actress has become particularly well-known offscreen for her “sweet smile and undeniable talent“. Since Elle has been the talk of the town lately with the recent season two premiere of ‘The Great’, we thought it was time to acknowledge how she’s kept her Disney princess nature post-Maleficent!
Whether it’s been through charming glimpses behind-the-scenes on movie sets, endearing interactions with her sister (the equally famous actress Dakota Fanning), or her standout looks on red carpets, the young actress has consistently presented herself with grace, humility, and cheer! Read on to see the evidence supporting Elle’s inauguration as a real-life Disney princess.
Elle told Instyle recently that she’s always been very “daring” in her style choices, but that she also likes to portray her characters on the red carpet during movie premieres. As Elle herself put it, “If I’m playing a princess, I’m going to be a princess on the red carpet.” And she has definitely delivered on that front! Whether Elle has worn floaty confections or bejeweled ball gowns, she’s always been one to watch on the red carpets. She’s also been a style inspiration for many women, including her fellow celebrities!
One of the biggest and best accessories that any Disney princess has is a big, happy smile–and Elle Fanning has that in spades, especially in interviews or on the red carpet. The actress is also known for her vibrancy and sense of humor while working on movies; even though movie-making requires travel and very long hours, it’s hard to name a celebrity more prone to lighthearted antics on set! Check out her dance moves as Aurora in ‘Maleficent’ here or here, her humorous selfies with Angelina Jolie here or here, and her cheeky teasing of current co-star Nicholas Hoult here. The actress’s enthusiasm on red carpets and her habit of gushing about the experiences that she gets to have are also the kind of reactions that we’d expect from Disney princesses who became famous!
The last two defining aspects of Elle’s Disney princess status are her natural beauty and her talent. Disney princesses know how to accentuate the things that they love about themselves, and Elle’s makeup artist Erin Ayanian Monroe knows exactly how to give the actress soft, natural, no-makeup makeup both onscreen and offscreen! Check out some of her handiwork on Elle below (we’ve also got the makeup she used on Elle for ‘Maleficent’ here!). Elle is a L’Oreal spokesperson like Gemma Chan, so she usually wears that brand’s makeup in her personal life–and for any interested parties, the products Erin uses on Elle a lot are the L’Oreal Paris Glow Mon Amour Highlighting Drops in Iconic Glow, the Perfect Slim Superliner in Black, the Lash Paradise mascara, and the lip colors Color Riche Pink Fever, Les Macarons Guava Gush, or Nu Extreme.
Elle does do more dramatic makeup sometimes–such as that gorgeous Golden Globes makeup below in that iconic aquamarine Gucci dress–but she definitely knows how to accentuate her beauty naturally with blush, lip balm, concealer, brow pencil, and a freckle pencil. Want the how-to for her natural makeup? We’ve got that here, and you can also see Elle do her own makeup!
Modern Disney princesses always have a talent or resilience that presents itself during their story, making them the heroine that they’re meant to be, and Elle’s hard work, good humor, and undeniably innate talents as an actor have definitely led to her success! Many fans of the actress had assumed they already knew everything there was to know about the actress’s sweet, feminine nature–but a comedic yet dramatic role like the one’s she’s currently being praised for in ‘The Great’ suggests that we’ve barely tapped the well of her abilities.
Does Elle remind you of Disney princesses, too?