Disney Princesses in Real Life, a photo essay


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Jirka Väätäinen is a Finnish design student at Bournemouth, and he wants to be very clear that his name is pronounced “Yirka”, not “Jerk-a”.

Web Watch has no reason to quibble with him on this, as he’s doing some phenomenal work on RE-IMAGINING DISNEY PRINCESSES as if they were real-life people.

Sure, we’ve seen some other examples of this with live models, but Jirka is taking a slightly different approach on this with his photo-realistic, manipulations that are designed to showcase what the Disney Princess would look like as an actual person.

Not a cartoon caricature, but really-for-real people.

Let’s take a quick look… 

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He hasn’t limited himself to just the Princesses, and has included a few other familiar Disney characters along the way with this project.

So far, he’s done imagery for:

  • Snow White
  • Alice
  • Megara
  • Ariel
  • Cinderella
  • Jane
  • Belle
  • Ursula
  • Esmerelda
  • Jasmine
  • Pocahontas
  • Mulan
  • Tiana
  • Rapunzel

While we like much of Jirka’s work, so far our favorite that he’s done is of Aurora (aka Sleeping Beauty):

Aurora - Sleeping Beauty in real life

Aurora - Sleeping BeautyDisney Princesses in real life

You can view all of Jirka’s artwork and his other Real-Life Disney Princess artwork on JIRKA’S BLOG.