Even before the days of little ones excitedly scream-crying over the sight of Elsa, kids grew up worshipping fictional characters they read about in books or watched in movies. Amongst these animated icons are the Disney princesses whose stories stay with us well into our adulting days. Yes, these powerhouse characters have come a long way since the classic damsel in distress stories of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Cough, cough: Mulan the warrior and Tiana the business owner) but one artist by the name of Matt Burt decided to do us one better. He not only recreated each princess as a successful career woman, but he gave them a backstory too. How’s that for inspiring?
“The Disney princesses have become so much more than just characters in movies. I wanted to create these to inspire others in hopes that they can find a career that they love and a career that makes a difference,” Burt told Scary Mommy.
And that is exactly what he did. Burt created this collection of princess-entrepreneurs for his employer, Simply Thrifty Living, and we almost wish these depictions were each character’s actual narrative.
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,” Burt wrote on imgur.com.
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: 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.”
Elsa and Anna: 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.”
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.”
The list doesn’t stop there, we have Merida, the two-time Olympian in both archery and equestrian, Rapunzel, the neurologist, Aurora, the coffee company CEO, Jasmine, the UN ambassador, Ariel, the pop star and record producer, Cinderella, the animal rights activist, Tiana, the award-winning chef and restaurateur, and Snow White, a leading psychologist.
Imagine how differently little girls would see the world if they knew their favorite princess was a scientist, lawyer, or environmentalist? It’s important for young kids to grow up understanding that they, too, can be a boss in all senses of the word.
Props to Burt for not only producing these spectacular images but for creating such realistic, detailed backstories for each individual that actually translates to a present-day occupation. Disney, can we pitch you these images in hopes of them launching an animated TV series? Now that would make great, powerful entertainment.