Artist draws iconic Disney princesses as black women

Illustrator Davian Chester recreates Belle, Cinderella, more

An artist who’s started to gain quite the following on Instagram is turning heads for some of his recent work — which includes illustrations of some of the classic Disney princesses.

What makes his work stand out? You might be asking yourself.

Well, Davian Chester is recreating the princesses as black women.

When asked how he got the idea, Chester said, “I wanted something for our children — to see us associated with big names, and more representation.”

It appears as though he’s accomplishing what he set out to do.

“My daughter nearly cried looking at all of these, especially Snow, because they look like her,” one commenter wrote.

Check out some of his work, below, like this drawing of Ana and Elsa, from “Frozen.”

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Chester, 25, of Columbus, Georgia, works as a graphic designer and an elementary school art teacher. He’s been drawing “forever,” he said. “Since (the) fifth grade.” Check out his take on Aurora.

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And here’s Merida, from “Brave.”

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You can’t draw the princesses without including “The Little Mermaid”‘s Ariel.

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And below are Belle and Cinderella.

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Snow White’s almost too much to handle. We love it!

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And finally, Rapunzel.

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“I love sharing black beauty,” Chester said.

In the past, he’s spoken at schools and even had his work featured at a “Embracing Our Differences” exhibit in Florida.

We thought it was a great time to celebrate his work — and, what a coincidence: it’s Black History Month. Now tell us. Which illustration is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

h/t Buzzfeed

Illustrator Davian Chester recreates Belle, Cinderella, more