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Jun 26, 2020

This Artist Went Viral On TikTok For Reimagining Disney Princesses As Modern Women

Mulan, Belle, and Tiana are all serving ~lewks~.

We all love a good Disney Princess reimagining. Artists have transformed princesses into just about everything — from noir-style characters to modern-day career women. I mean, people are TALENTED.

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Recently, 29-year-old artist Yudelmis “Yudie” San Emeterio tried out the trend for herself and started posting the results on her TikTok account @vanotyarts — now her videos are reaching millions.

A former specimen processor at a private lab, Yudie is finishing up her art degree and was inspired to share her transformations after seeing TikTok art compilations from other creators.

"When I saw people giving makeovers to Disney characters, I couldn't help myself! My main goal with my videos is to keep the changes in the transformation as close as possible to the style and texture of the original art," she told BuzzFeed.

Changing up the hair, makeup, and wardrobe, Yudie gives her Disney Princesses a modern twist. Here's her transformation of Belle:

@vanotyarts

Saw people doing “glow ups” of Disney characters so I decided to do my own. I went for a more subtle change! #disneyprincess #artchallenge #belle

♬ Strawberry Shortcake - Melanie Martinez
Yudelmis San Emeterio / TikTok

Mulan:

@vanotyarts

I knew that I wanted to do something more dramatic for Mulan, and I love the “ABG” look, so... #abg #mulan #disneyprincess #gloupdisney

♬ Candy - Doja Cat
Yudelmis San Emeterio / TikTok

Tiana:

@vanotyarts

As much as I like the blue and green dresses in the film, I think pink was made for Tiana 😍 #tiana #disneyprincess #gloupdisney #artchallenge #art

♬ Talk - Khalid
Yudelmis San Emeterio / TikTok

Jasmine:

@vanotyarts

Aladdin is probably the only Disney movie I have never seen and I’m ashamed of myself 🤭 Jasmine is 😍 though. #aladdin #princessjasmine #gloupdisney

♬ B.S. - Jhené Aiko, H.E.R.
Yudelmis San Emeterio / TikTok

And Rapunzel:

@vanotyarts

The trickiness with 3D edits is that they’re a bit more involved, but Rapunzel is worth it ❤️ #rapunzel #disneyprincess #gloupdisney

♬ GREEDY x TREASURE - conradrocha
Yudelmis San Emeterio / TikTok

Yudie also gave Jane from Tarzan an amazing transformation:

@vanotyarts

Out of all the female leads in Disney, I resonate with Jane the most. I’m still waiting for my Tarzan, though 😂 #disneyprincess #gloupdisney #jane

♬ Tarzan Medley: You'll Be in My Heart / Two Worlds / Strangers Like Me / Trashin' the Camp - Anthem Lights
Yudelmis San Emeterio / TikTok

Even Ariana Grande got a new Disney Princess lewk:

@vanotyarts

Disney Princess-I mean Queen Ariana 🥺 #arianagrande #disneyprincess #drawing #art #drawingprocess #7rings

♬ 7 rings - Ariana Grande
Amy Sussman / Getty Images, Yudelmis San Emeterio / TikTok

Through her artwork, Yudie hopes to inspire other people to create and explore art for themselves. "Art can sometimes be undervalued or ignored on these platforms, so I really just want to open people up to more of it," she said.

Yudelmis San Emeterio / TikTok / Via tiktok.com

And while she enjoys creating these transformations, she wants her audience to take away an important message: "None of my videos are meant to suggest a particular beauty standard. All the princesses are beautiful just as they are, and my videos are only exploring different looks for fun! No one should have to feel that they have to look like these characters — before or after my transformations. Everyone is beautiful!"

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YES, QUEEN!

To see more of Yudie's artwork, check out her TikTok account @vanotyarts and her Instagram page @vanotyarts.

What's your favorite Disney character transformation? Let me know in the comments below!

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