Beautiful Photo Series Stars Black Girls as Reimagined Disney Princesses
CreativeSoul Photography and hairstylist LaChanda Gatson wanted to redefine and reimagine iconic princesses with their own "dash of style and culture"
Princess Turquoise (Taylor Lia)
Hairstylist LaChanda Gatson teamed up with CreativeSoul Photography of Atlanta, Georgia, to inspire black girls around the world to see "themselves as regal princesses," the team said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Princess Tigers Eye
"The idea was developed early on in childhood from the consistent lack of representation of black children in mostly all forms of media where children play a significant part," Gatson explained.
Princess Rose Quartz
Gatson loved watching and reading fairytales as a kid, but would often find herself reimagining the characters with her skin color.
Gatson also reimagined these characters with different cultural attributes, to make them more relatable to herself.
By teaming with CreativeSoul, Gatson sought to bring these ideas from her childhood to life.
"These princesses were reimagined from a collection of fictional princesses and global fairytales — ones I grew to love throughout my years," Gatson said.
"I reimagined them as black urban royalty," she added.
Gatson said she chose "a team of talented black creatives" to create "the change I wanted to see."
"I hope this series is just the beginning of endless opportunities of inclusion and more black creativity in fantasy," she said of the project.
"Let’s continue to have a conversation and understand that our children matter too," Gatson continued.
The images have already made waves online and have been reshared over social media by thousands, CreativeSoul said.
Photos from the series can be purchased from the CreativeSoul website (here).
You can visit Gatson's Instagram here.
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