November 6, 2013
Award-winning illustrator and cartoonist David Trumble recently released a series of 10 portraits of inspiring real-world female role models which he put through the Disney Princess Assembly Line.
The series, entitled 10 “Real World Princesses Who Don’t Need Disney Glitter”, includes Hilary Clinton, Harriet Tubman, Marie Curie, Susan B. Anthony, Gloria Steinam, Malala Yousafzai along with Rosa Parks, Anne Frank and Ruth Bader.
A satirical comment regarding Disney’s makeover of Merida, the heroine of “Brave“, Trumble said he wanted to explore why society found it necessary to “collapse a heroine into one specific mould”:
This has been a tough week for Disney princesses, with the recent public outcry against the entirely unnecessary makeover (complete with gloss and fairy dust) of down-and-dirty tomboy Merida from Pixar’s “Brave”. Even the film’s co-director Brenda Chapman lined up to decry it.
It got me thinking about role models for women are perceived these days, and how society still can’t seem to get its head around how to market them to the younger generation.
Thing is, I have met more than my share of inspiring, incredible women over the last year, the majority of whom have been very young indeed, and they all seem to have a very definite idea of who their role models are. And when I listed a few of them in my head today, I found myself asking the question: How many of these women would be improved by a few extra sparkles?
I shall allow women everywhere to be the judge, as I unveil my prototype for Disney’s new “World of Women” collection…
David Trumble,27, achieved critical acclaim as a political cartoonist for the Sun Newspaper in the United Kingdom who now draws and writes for himself as a blogger on Huffington Post.
You can visit his site here.
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