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What Disney Princesses Would Look Like If They Were Actually Human

Jirka Väätäinen is a graphic design student at the Arts University College at Bournemouth in the UK, and he’s come up with some really interesting interpretations of what Disney‘s animated heroines would look like in real life using photo manipulation, including Aladdin‘s Jasmine, pictured above. Are they still bursting with unattainable beauty? Of course — but they are so incredibly human in these pictures. Even Ursula the Sea Witch.

We won’t leave you hanging, so here is the be-tentacled scourge of the ocean, Ursula:

And here is Ariel, the lovely lady whose voice she stole:

Esmerelda definitely looks like a woman who will cause evil adoptive fathers of hunchbacks to sing to a fireplace about their own sexual frustration:

Belle totally looks like Mandy Moore, who actually played Rapunzel in Tangled.

Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) looks like she’s sporting the “fresh-faced blonde” look of the 1980s, aka the Christie Brinkley era.

Pocahontas in real life probably would have fashioned herself a longer dress, but we’ll allow it.

Appropos of nothing, Megara looks like she will get you very, very drunk after a long evening of telling hilarious stories.

We humbly request versions of Snow White, Cinderella, Tiana, Rapunzel, Maleficent, the Fairy Godmother, and Mulan pretty, pretty please!

(Jirka’s Blog via BuzzFeed via Trend Hunter)

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  • Frodo Baggins

    “Pocahontas in real life probably would have fashioned herself a longer dress”

    It’s what the Disney character would look like, not what the real Pocahontas would look like. You’ll note she’s also not 12 years old.

    It’s really impressive how she applies the cartoon features to realistic faces, though Mulan looks a liiiittle too stylized

  • Bel

    Meg is definitely my favourite.

  • Anonymous

    Belle is and will always be my favorite.

  • Victoria Eden

    These are awesome. I hate talented people.

    Does anyone else think Pocahontas looks like Tia Carrere?

  • Francesca M

    She looks a LOT like Tia Carrere.

  • Francesca M

    Belle was actually based on Isabella Rosallini. Pocahontas was actually based on Naomi Cambell. I mean by the disney peoples. those were their actual references.

  • Katie

    Anyone else think that Aurora looks like a young Geena Davis a la Beetlejuice?

  • Anonymous

    Meg looks like she got a bit drunk at her sorority’s toga party. Jasmine and Pocahontas are sporting some impressive strapless bras.

  • Terence Ng

    THAT’S IT! I was stumped for a long while.

  • Terence Ng

    I really like the Jasmine interpretation.

    You’d think that Ursula in real life would look like Divine, upon whom she was based with remarkable similarity already.

    While you claim Belle looks like Mandy Moore, I actually immediately thought Mandy Moore’s face had been bluntly applied to Ariel. It’s uncanny.

    Aurora looks like the top half of Anna Nicole Smith’s face.

    Meg looks like a stylized Katharine Hepburn.

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  • Abel Undercity

    Belle looks a bit tired to me.  Am I the only on getting that?

  • Anonymous

    I want to see Mulan!

    These are v cute. 

  • Anonymous

    Belle doesn’t look right to me. She has a stronger brow and jawline. And I think she’s the kind of a girl who looks straight at the camera.

  • Frodo Baggins

    Wasn’t the character’s look partly based on her?

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    Aw I was hoping to see Tiana in here tooo :(

  • Valiero
  • Janet Flora Corso

    There is no pic of Mulan here.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Totally agree, Belle is the only one I don’t feel right about… she looks a little uptight and b*t**y here…

  • Anonymous

    Oh and she should have big brown eyes, not green… 

  • Misty Jean
  • E

    Esmerelda totally looks like Ashley Green– are these based of pics of real ppl?

  • Dioscoro Nuñez

    I wish there was a similar article about Disney Princes :D hehe. We’d really like that.

  • Anonymous
  • Erin Carr

    Does anyone else think that Jasmine looks like the actress who plays Priya on The Big Bang Theory?

  • Victoria Eden

    I don’t know. But I’d buy it.

  • Anonymous

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  • Marianne

    LOL, Megara looks like a mexican singer named Ana Barbara XD.

  • Anonymous

    Ariel looks like Jill Pantozzi, but not as beautiful

    *Nerd crush*

  • Joe Schmoe

    A somewhat clever artist with a terrible sense of anatomy and human proportion.
    Esmerelda is twisted in a shape the human body attains only after being hit by a bus.
    Aurora’s head and neck look like a bad Photoshop cut and paste.
    And Pocahontas looks more Asian than Indian.
    Still, points for trying and having fun with it.

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  • B-Dodgers

    Could it be the artist saw Kim Kardashian’s halloween costume when she dressed like ALLADIN’s PRINCESS — because all this artist did, was simply depict her. Etc.

    NO ORIGINALITY — sorry.

  • Joshua Cato

    I think that princess Tiana could be her voice actress named Anika Noni Ross or Keke Palmer.  Keke Palmer starred in Ice Cube’s The Longshots.  Mulan could be Yifei Liu from The Forbidden Kingdom.  Snow White could be Katy Perry.  No, seriously!  Rapunzel could be Hayden Panettiere or a new and upcoming actress whom is waiting for her big break.  Hayden could, also, be Tinkerbell!  Cinderella could be Taylor Swift.

  • Anonymous

    Esmeralda appears to be twisted into an unnatural pose because of the way her clothes are hanging off of her…so that’s one thing you didn’t notice.

    I’m not sure why you’re claiming that Aurora looks cut and pasted from Photoshop though, and Pocahontas looks like a more realistic version of the character she portrayed in the film.

    “Points for trying and having fun with it?” Are you serious? This person did a fantastic job, he deserves a bit more than your arrogant, rude, underhanded attempt to congratulate him. Just my opinion though. Try to pay a little bit more attention to details and, if needed, go back and watch the movies these girls are in. Maybe you’ll appreciate these renderings the next time you see them.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t really like Katy Perry for Snow White because Katy’s face isn’t rounded enough; Katy also has a tired expression on her face all the time that Snow White never had. I like Hayden Panettiere for Rapunzel, though, but Tinkerbell should probably be more based on a fuller-figured girl, like Marilyn Monroe. A big no to Taylor Swift for Rapunzel. Her eyes aren’t round enough and her mouth/smile look nothing like Cinderella’s.

  • Jennifer Bennett

    Actually, I met the voice actress for Belle (Paige O’Hara) once at a theater workshop. She told us that they modeled Belle after Judy Garland whom she reminded them of.

  • Anonymous
  • Maiasaura

    Does anyone else look at Megara and see Debra Messing?

  • Anonymous

    Actually, I remember seeing that the physical reference for Belle that the animators worked from was Sherri Stoner, who goes on my list of Most Awesome People Ever for voicing Slappy Squirrel as well as being a producer for the Anamaniacs.

  • Anonymous

    Belle and Ariel both had the same body model- Sherri Stoner, the voice of Slappy Squirrel on the Anamaniacs.

  • Joe Schmoe

    You’re entitled to your opinion, even if you have to sashay ever-so-carefully in those high heels to attempt a typed b!tchslap delivery. Hurry back to your usual blog, I’m sure the aging, untalented Louise Ciccone needs affirmation from a mincing bottom. Thanks for playing.

  • Anonymous
  • Tony Westover

    Looks like Kim Kardashian sans the badonkadonk.

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  • John M. Burt

    I have heard tell that Pocahontas would’ve had her head shaved, also.

  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    Ariel looks like my niece and Esmeralda looks like my ex-girlfriend.

  • Kristy Joyce

    Belle is uptight and er…”strong-willed” let’s say. That is the whole point of her character. She’s intelligent and self-confident. Those women are often looked upon negatively by the masses. 

  • Kristy Joyce

    Nope. I see Sophia Bush. It’s the smile. 

  • Anonymous

    Uptight as in this girl doesn’t look like she’d get her fingers dirty. The Belle of my imagination was a quirky and clever farmgirl with a massive penchant for adventure who even managed to reconcile her French values with beastiality… :) This would not be my definition of uptight, but to each her own

  • Anonymous

    Uptight as in this girl doesn’t look like she’d get her fingers dirty. 
    The Belle of my imagination was a quirky and clever farmgirl with a
    massive penchant for adventure who even managed to reconcile her French
    values with beastiality… :) This would not be my definition of
    uptight, but to each her own!

  • Anonymous

    I would like these if they were paintings, but they’re just photo manipulations of celebrities with some awkward anatomical proportions…

  • Anonymous

  • Anonymous

  • Anonymous

    Where is furry Maid Marion?  ;-)

  • Anonymous

  • Anonymous

    Is that Jasmin or Kim Kardashian?

  • Anonymous
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  • Monty Glover

    I think cinderella looks a bit like diana agron, and snow white resembles michelle tretchenburg.

  • ChayeG

    “Pocahontas would have probably fashioned herself a longer dress”
    Actually she probably would have been naked or in only a skirt. Learn your Native American history folks. 

    These are very fun though!

  • pablo power

    Wow! I like it (^_^) <3

  • Rebecca G.

    Cinderella & Snow White have been added on her blog! :) 

  • Ashley Barrus Gardner

    Belle looks dopey and Aurora looks like a man…Kinda makes me sad. The others are great though.

  • Alice Ayres

    Pocahontas kind of looks Philipino…

  • Ramon Flesvig

    It´s “Filipina”.

  • Pungahead

    I think its the cheekbones.

  • Pungahead

     No, I agree too. Their anatomy is a little askew and I think its most obvious in Ariel, with the poor foreshortening of her tail. I give this guy an ‘A’ for effort, but maybe like a low ‘C,’ or ‘D’ for execution.

  • Anonymous

    Jasmine and Belle are my favorites. JUST saying .

  • Sanjay Merchant

    “We humbly request versions of Snow White, Cinderella, Tiana, Rapunzel, Maleficent, the Fairy Godmother, and Mulan pretty, pretty please!” No love for Merida?

    Also, minor nitpick, but Jasmine looks more Indian than Middle-Eastern to me. Maybe my mind just skews that way because my father’s side of the family is Indian, but it seems that the artist landed a bit further east than he was aiming.

  • Anonymous

    They’re great except for Esmeralda and Aurora, I think. I’m not exactly sure whats going on with the placement of Esmeralda’s arms and shoulders. They just don’t seem right, but her face is beautiful though!. Aurora, I’m sorry to say reminds me of a tranny I once knew…cheekbones and all…

  • Tragic Christian

    When Pocahontas was first spotted by the settlers, her head was shaved and she was doing cartwheels. Oh, and she was naked.

  • Adelaide Ryder

    Looks like your request was granted. The artist’s blog has more versions.

  • Eric Sainio

    “Belle totally looks like Mandy Moore, who actually played Rapunzel in Tangled.”

    Mandy Moore voiced Rapunzel, not played her. And those two things have nothing in common, except that they both were animated children’s stories. You might as well have said, “Bell totally looks like Mandy Moore, who voiced Nita in Brother Bear 2, which was distributed by a subsidiary of Disney!”

  • Ruh Fortune

    Yup, I thought so too. Pocahontas looks like Tia Carerra…and yes I see Debra Messing with a more chiseled face on Megara. Jasmin looks like an acquaintance of mine. In fact her face is pretty much a common face in most parts of Asia. LOL. I can’t imagine how Pocahontas’ face could be fashioned off Naomi Campbell’s. O_o Nice post, thanks. :)

  • vee

    Voice of pocahontas, Irene Bedard, was the person they took facial references from for pocahontas.

  • Stephanie Michelle Dato

    Belle & Jasmine are my favs. :)

  • Karie Schwimann

    This was fun to look at but I agree with those who said the artist needs to work on proportion. Belle’s shoulders, Ariel’s tail and Esmerelda’s hips in particular are off kilter.

  • Curt Clark


    Megara looks like a beaten-down waitress, but that actually fits her character nicely. The personality really shines through in that image.

    Ursula looks downright creepy, but that was always pretty much the point of her character.

    Belle looks a little more insecure than I envisioned, but it’s possible I’m biased because she IS my favorite Disney female.

    Everyone else…Pocahontas, Esmerelda, Jasmine, Aurora, and Ariel…all look WONDERFUL. They’re all so stunning in such diverse ways, and their characters really shine through. You can see Aurora’s hopeless romanticism, Ariel’s guilelessness, Pocahontas’ and Jasmine’s indomitable will, and Esmerelda’s confidence.

    There’s so much respect given to these characters, it’s awesome. :)

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  • Sarah Harding-Roberts

    He’s added more I notice on his blog

  • irish koffee

    lol are you joking?? people like you worship rude bratty b*tchy types like her in masses. Classy gals like Snow, Cinderella, and Aurora are, obviously, looked down upon. They have far too much dignity and strength for as immature and slovenly a nation as we to appreciate.

  • irish koffee

    No, she was based on Katharine Hepburn supposedly, and Poca, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell.

    Naomi was hardly a big star then, and neither look a thing like those two, especially the exotic, classy Isabella and bland Belle.

  • irish koffee

    Nah, Ashley is too gorgeous. Esmeralda looks like a porn star, or porn-star-like Salma Hayek but betterlooking.

  • irish koffee

    because she did in the cartoon too.

  • Julianne Smith

    Megara looks to me like her cynical don’t give no fuck self, in my opinion. I think her attitude in this image is apropos of her cartoon attitude. Yeah. I do.

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  • Melissa Swanson Ⓥ

    Yeah, it’s mostly in the shoulders and arms where things go wonky. I think it’s a matter of having a great eye for detail, beautiful surface work but the base armateur being not solid. Perhaps due to referencing photos rather than fleshing it out from bones and then up? A lot of folks in art school had that problem and, honestly, shoulders and arms (especially where they connect) are a right bastard. Humans are my weakspot. Anatomy is tough! The faces and suface techniques are just lovely, though.

  • Jesse L. Douglas

    No Disney hired model Irene Bedard and drew the character based on her

  • M.G. Silverstein

    This is great. These photos remind me how much I’d love to see live action Disney movies…with identical costumes and everything.

  • Taylor Sierra Middlerfield

    mulan was a real person in matter of factly

  • Jeff Acheson

    It’s interesting. Jasmine was actually modeled on her head artists high school sweetheart. It’s mentioned during the making of movie that aired on the Disney Channel when to movie originally came out

  • Angie Scott

    I wonder….If I were a Disney Princess, which one I would be…lol

  • Rowe Naval

    hate to admit it. jasmine is so kim kardashian

  • Sara Green Williams

    I don’t know any real people who look like any of these. And the Pocahontas thing just needs to stop:

  • Constance

    Aurora’s neck is too long. These all look great, though.

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  • Beata Teaver K So

    Victoria, you’re right. She does. I’d even say Jasmine looks like Kardashian, Aurora resembles Kirsten Dunst, and Esmerelda is a young Brook Shields look-alike.

  • Anonymous

    Fucking Hell Pocahontas was a real person and this is what she looked like

    AND SHE WASN’T A GOD DAMN PRINCESS… SHE WAS 12ish when she met John Smith

  • Anonymous

    Considering she was 12, and not a princess I think they should really learn Native History not through disney

  • Raiden

    I want a poster of one, can I get a poster of one?

    Also. . . no Mulan?:(

  • Nada

    Pocahontas was a real person. The Disney version of Pocahontas, as you and others here have pointed out, was not.

    Stop being pedantic.

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  • Kristin Vislocky

    No, Disney based Pocahontas on a combination of their Native American consultant, a Filipino model, and Christie Turlington.