A lot has been said about the Disney Princesses over the years and it usually falls along the lines of criticism. Even though the characters have recently become more progressive (Moana, Mulan, Anna and Elsa of Frozen), the Princesses of yesteryear (Arielle, Belle, Aurora) are said to promote body shaming and sexist gender stereotypes and why do they brush their hair with forks?
But, in a new series of illustrations by Matt Burt, that he created for his client Simple Thrifty Living, he has reimagined these iconic princesses as high-powered career women working in roles that tend to be dominated by men. From Belle as a university chancellor to Rapunzel as a neurologist to Elsa and Anna as climate change scientists. Check them out below and you may never look at the Disney princesses the same way again.
Merida (Brave) – Two-time Olympian (archery & equestrian)
Merida competed for her own hand in marriage, so why not for a gold medal in the Olympics? Skilled in both archery and horseback riding, Merida competes for her country in multiple events. She’s already won multiple golds but aims to add a few more in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Rapunzel (Tangled) – Neurologist
Since her birth, Rapunzel has always had the power to heal. After saving her future husband, Eugene Fitzherbert, and reuniting with her royal family, Rapunzel went to medical school and earned her doctorate. She specialized in neurology and has become a leading expert in the country. It’s now her dream to help as many patients as she can and provide exceptional medical care.
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) – Coffee company CEO
Aurora knows how hard it is to wake up. After being awoken from her enchanted sleep, Aurora made it her career to help others stay awake — and what better way to do that than coffee! Aurora is the founder and CEO of Spinning Wheel Coffee, one of the leading coffee chains in the nation.
Jasmine (Aladdin) – UN Ambassador
Jasmine has always fought for what’s right and for change where it is needed — she’s not a prize to be won. A natural politician, she now advocates for her country of Agrabah at the United Nations. One of her primary initiatives is protecting women’s rights by ensuring that women are treated fairly across the globe.
Moana (Moana) – Officer in the Navy
The sea has always called to Moana. What it taught her is that she is a natural leader, guiding her people and returning them to their ancient voyaging traditions. Using these strengths, Moana has excelled in the Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. She has been awarded multiple honors during her service, such as two Navy Achievement medals and a National Defense Service Medal. With such a successful start, there’s no telling how far she’ll go in her career.
Ariel (The Little Mermaid) – Pop star and record producer
Ariel has always excelled in music, having natural talent and a passion for singing. Considered the best of her talented sisters, Ariel took her skills and made it her career. She went multi-platinum with her single, “Part of Your World,” and now both writes her own music and is a producer at her own label, Seven Seas Records.
Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) – James Beard award-winning chef and restaurateur
Growing up and being inspired by her father’s love of cooking, Tiana has always known what she has wanted to do. She now stands at the top of the culinary world, winning the James Beard Award and owning one of the most popular restaurants in the country. Every day she digs a little deeper, trying out new dishes and experimenting with new recipes and flavors.
Cinderella (Cinderella) – Animal rights activist
While she has her Fairy Godmother to thank, Cinderella would not be where she is without the help of her animal companions. She believes where there is kindness there is goodness, and it’s her heart’s wish to see animals treated with respect. She used her position of influence to found a non-profit organization committed to promoting animal rights.
Pocahontas (Pocahontas) – Head of a non-profit focused on protecting the environment
Pocahontas knows that we’re all connected to each other and is committed to protecting nature and what is just around the river bend. She heads a non-profit organization committed to preserving and protecting the environment. Through a combination of activism, action, and promoting awareness, she fights for protection and sustainable use of our natural resources.
Mulan (Mulan) – Title IX lawyer
After experiencing discrimination both personally and in the military, Mulan turned her sights on a law degree, graduating with the highest honors. She now fights for equality on university campuses, ensuring that men and women are given the same treatment and opportunities. With all the strength of a raging fire, she advocates for those who have faced adversity due to their gender.
Belle (Beauty and the Beast) – University chancellor
There was always much more in store for Belle than a provincial life. Inspired by her love of books and knowledge, Belle went into academia. After receiving her doctorate in education, Belle has risen to the level of chancellor at a major university. She is committed to affordable and equal education for all.
Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) – Leading psychologist
Snow White has always been known for being caring, thoughtful, and someone willing to lend a hand to those in need. Using these strengths paired with hard work, she earned her doctorate in psychology and is one of the leaders in the field of mental health. She presents her research at conferences throughout the year but always takes time to provide the best care to her clients … whether they’re feeling happy, bashful, grumpy, or anything else. It’s her mission to not only help her clients but also support other mental health professionals so they can offer their clients top-notch care.
Elsa and Anna (Frozen) – Climate change scientists
Elsa, Anna, and the citizens of Arendelle know a few things about the effects of climate change. While their companion Olaf may love summer, the sun, and all things hot, Anna and Elsa recognize what a rising global temperature might mean. They have dedicated their careers to studying climate change and presenting accurate, well-sourced information.