If the Disney Princesses Were Badass Boss Ladies IRL, Here's What Their Jobs Would Be
Through the years, we've seen creative artists reimagine the Disney princesses as a lot of things — parents, Star Wars characters, horror movie villains, brides, tattooed badasses, and fashionistas, to name a few — but one illustrator just made us see our favorite childhood characters in a whole new light. Matt Burt, a graphic designer for Simple Thrifty Living, had the genius idea to transform a handful of Disney princesses into boss career women, and the results are simply incredible. Rapunzel is a white-coat-wearing neurologist and Jasmine is a UN ambassador, while Ariel is a pop star and record producer. Admire the artwork (and be reminded that you can be anything you want to be) ahead.
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
Anna and Elsa: Climate Change Scientists
Matt's explanation: "Elsa, Anna, and the citizens of Arendelle know a few things about the effects of climate change. While their companion Olaf may love Summer, the sun, and all things hot, Anna and Elsa recognize what a rising global temperature might mean. They have dedicated their careers to studying climate change and presenting accurate, well-sourced information."
Ariel: Pop Star and Record Producer
Matt's explanation: "Ariel has always excelled in music, having natural talent and a passion for singing. Considered the best of her talented sisters, Ariel took her skills and made it her career. She went multiplatinum with her single, 'Part of Your World,' and now both writes her own music and is a producer at her own label, Seven Seas Records."
Belle: University Chancellor
Matt's explanation: "There was always much more in store for Belle than a provincial life. Inspired by her love of books and knowledge, Belle went into academia. After receiving her doctorate in education, Belle has risen to the level of chancellor at a major university. She is committed to affordable and equal education for all."
Merida: Two-Time Olympian (Archery and Equestrian)
Matt's explanation: "Merida competed for her own hand in marriage, so why not for a gold medal in the Olympics? Skilled in both archery and horseback riding, Merida competes for her country in multiple events. She's already won multiple golds but aims to add a few more in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo."
Cinderella: Animal Rights Activist
Matt's explanation: "While she has her Fairy Godmother to thank, Cinderella would not be where she is without the help of her animal companions. She believes where there is kindness, there is goodness, and it's her heart's wish to see animals treated with respect. She used her position of influence to found a nonprofit organization committed to promoting animal rights."
Jasmine: UN Ambassador
Matt's explanation: "Jasmine has always fought for what's right and for change where it is needed — she's not a prize to be won. A natural politician, she now advocates for her country of Agrabah at the United Nations. One of her primary initiatives is protecting women's rights by ensuring that women are treated fairly across the globe."
Moana: Navy Officer
Matt's explanation: "The sea has always called to Moana. What it taught her is that she is a natural leader, guiding her people and returning them to their ancient voyaging traditions. Using these strengths, Moana has excelled in the Navy, rising to the rank of lieutenant commander. She has been awarded multiple honors during her service, such as two Navy Achievement Medals and a National Defense Service Medal. With such a successful start, there's no telling how far she'll go in her career."
Mulan: Title IX Lawyer
Matt's explanation: "After experiencing discrimination both personally and in the military, Mulan turned her sights on a law degree, graduating with the highest honors. She now fights for equality on university campuses, ensuring that men and women are given the same treatment and opportunities. With all the strength of a raging fire, she advocates for those who have faced adversity due to their gender."
Pocahontas: Head of an Environmental Nonprofit
Matt's explanation: "Pocahontas knows that we're all connected to each other and is committed to protecting nature and what is just around the riverbend. She heads a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and protecting the environment. Through a combination of activism, action, and promoting awareness, she fights for protection and sustainable use of our natural resources."
Matt's explanation: "Since her birth, Rapunzel has always had the power to heal. After saving her future husband, Eugene Fitzherbert, and reuniting with her royal family, Rapunzel went to medical school and earned her doctorate. She specialized in neurology and has become a leading expert in the country. It's now her dream to help as many patients as she can and provide exceptional medical care."
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty): Coffee Company CEO
Matt's explanation: "Aurora knows how hard it is to wake up. After being awoken from her enchanted sleep, Aurora made it her career to help others stay awake — and what better way to do that than coffee?! Aurora is the founder and CEO of Spinning Wheel Coffee, one of the leading coffee chains in the nation."
Snow White: Leading Psychologist
Matt's explanation: "Snow White has always been known for being caring, thoughtful, and someone willing to lend a hand to those in need. Using these strengths paired with hard work, she earned her doctorate in psychology and is one of the leaders in the field of mental health. She presents her research at conferences throughout the year but always takes time to provide the best care to her clients . . . whether they're feeling happy, bashful, grumpy, or anything else. It's her mission to not only help her clients but also support other mental health professionals so they can offer their clients top-notch care."
Tiana: Award-Winning Chef and Restaurateur
Matt's explanation: "Growing up and being inspired by her father's love of cooking, Tiana has always known what she has wanted to do. She now stands at the top of the culinary world, winning the James Beard Award and owning one of the most popular restaurants in the country. Every day she digs a little deeper, trying out new dishes and experimenting with new recipes and flavors."