Millions of little girls across the world are smitten with Disney”s beautiful princesses.
From Sleeping Beauty to Princess Jasmine and Belle, the images of these animated beauties, with their flaxen-haired, full lips and impossible proportions, have become iconic thanks to the popularity of the Disney films in which they star.
And now, thanks to the skill of U.S. photographer and Disney character artist Ryan Astamendi, their beauty has been brought to life.
Real-life princess: Beauty and the Beast”s Belle comes to life in Disney character artist Ryan Astamendi”s photographs – posed by Holly Madison, ex-girlfriend to Hugh Hefner and star of U.S. show Holly”s World
Impossible proportions: In the 1992 film Aladdin, Jasmine has a luxuriant mane and an impossibly tiny waist, but Mr Astamendi has done an artful job of bringing the cartoon to life with his real-life Jasmine
The California-based photographer hascreated incredible real-life versions of Disney princesses – and the likenesses are uncanny.
Those who have been to one of Disney”s theme parks in the U.S. or Paris may have seen real-life princesses in the flesh – but this is the first time a photographer has recreated the princessesin such meticulous detail.
MrAstamendi, who has spent the past 18 years working as a character artist for the Walt Disney Company, says he was inspired by Disney animation from an early age.
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Growingup in Burbank, California, he says he was fortunate enough to be tutored by afew of Disney”s artists, and went on to study at CalArts, where he majored in Character Animation.
From that platform he managed to findwork with Disney as a Character Artist, where he had a hand in developing Disney”s characters – and developed a fondness for the Disney princesses.
He embarked upon the photography project he has named “the Princess Series”, shooting real-life versions of his favourite princesses one-by-one.
What is essential for the success of his work is, he says, a “great costume, and a great model.”
For Rapunzel, Mr Astamendi says he had 15ft of hair made for model Skyler Vallo, and had a replica dress crafted to match the Tangled star”s lilac gown.
“The princesses are the most popular photos in my portfolio,” Mr Astamendi says. “I really enjoy these projects, but they are a lot of work… probably more than anyone realises.”
Read more on Ryan Astamendi”s princess project on his blog, ryanryanastamendi.blogspot.co.uk, or visit his website: www.ryanastamendi.com.
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Princess Aurora, wearing a replica of the beautiful pink gown she wears in Sleeping Beauty
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