Wellington, New Zealand-based illustrator and designer Alana Mays recently completed a graduation project at Massey University in which she explored Disney fairytales — and what she found were gender boilerplates. Lots of them.
“The aim of my project was to critique the stereotypes that Disney portrays through their female heroines,” she said.
So she focused on three areas: the beautiful ideal, the domestic ideal and the female object as a prize portrayed through characters such as Cinderella, Jasmine, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.
Using contemporary settings, Mays updated each character in an effort to look at the characters through a relatable, critical and modern lens.
Take a look at Mays’ Modern Disney Heroines — who are amazingly much less appealing when certain aspects of their tales are isolated:
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All images and descriptions used with permission from Alana Mays
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