If there’s one thing that Disney films make us do (aside from admire their deeply profound life lessons, duh), it’s lament how much better our lives would’ve been had we been princesses starring in them. Hello, impossibly perfect hair and nails; and who wouldn’t rather someone whisk them away on a magic carpet ride to show them a whole new world than walk them down to Macca's for a Dhs25 meal deal?
Well, illustrator Andhika Muksin took one look at that quixotic source of damaging self-comparison and declared we deserved better.
With wizard-like Photoshop skills that’d put even Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother to shame, the hero artist injects a healthy dose of realism into the lives of our beloved Disney princesses by reimagining how they’d look in real life. The result? A montage of #relatable images that show us that not even fantasy royalty is exempt from bedhead, smeared makeup and ugly-crying over boys.
"Like millions of others, I grew up watching Disney films and obsessing over the characters. But as I became an adult, my perspective of these childhood icons also shifted. I started to see them from a more complex point of view,” says the Indonesia-based artist. “Then ideas started popping into my head – like Aurora is such a graceful and reserved character, but I bet she'd lose it a bit at Coachella.” (We think so too - if that scene where she’s waltzing with an owl in a forest isn’t a testament to her fun-loving, free-spirited side, then we don’t know what is.)
Scroll on for some of Muksin's best works.