Disney Teams Up With Black-Owned Photography Studio to Reimagine Its White Princess Characters



CreativeSoul, an Atlanta-based Black-owned photography company, has been commissioned by Disney to launch a limited-edition artist series featuring a stunning collection of reimagined diverse dolls. They are all based on the original Disney princesses.


Based on the work of CreativeSoul Photography founders Regis and Kahran Bethencourt, the CreativeSoul Doll Collection completely reimagines what a classic princess could look like through a diverse new lens.


The dolls, which are based on four Disney Princesses — Tiana, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella — have natural hairstyles and dark skin, demonstrating to girls of color that they, too, can be princesses. The dolls are adorned with intricate African fabrics and brightly colored jewelry that reflect the vibrant culture.


Aside from that, the collection will include 5 photographic prints of the models who inspired the dolls, as well as one bonus print featuring Elsa.


For more than 13 years, the husband and wife team behind the collaboration has pursued initiatives that highlight and celebrate the beauty of diversity in a unique and creative manner.


“Our mission has always been to bring bold inspiring images of people of color to life,” Kahran said.


“We are both excited and proud of this project and hope that through the lens of photography, it will help further empower young girls of color and show they can be a princess too,” added Regis.


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