A Detroit-based fashion photographer grew up loving the Disney Animated Classics and admiring the Disney Princesses.
Jessica Kobeissi has several memories of watching classics such as Mulan and Aladdin. Kobeissi has been a photographer for eight years and recently has decided to mesh her love for Disney with her love for fashion and photography (and the result is amazing!)
The 29-year-old photographer came up with the idea to create a new and unique photo series inspired by Disney Princesses. She had said she originally wanted to keep the models’ hair, makeup, and clothing traditional.
“I wanted to put them in costume dresses and the glass slippers and everything because that’s how I know the princesses,” she told INSIDER, “but some of my friends told me it would be a lot cooler if I put them in regular clothing, and then I realized how great it would be to make it a little more modern.”
But then, Kobeissi ended up finding some online shops such as ASOS, Revolve, and Dolls Kill, and found perfect clothing that she felt, not only resembled each of the princess’s character but also reflected what women actually wear in 2019.
“Girls are always seen as these glamorous princesses, always polite and proper,” she said. “I wanted to show women outside of that image.”
Let’s take a look at the completed photo series:
On the left is Mulan and on the right is model Serena Yuan. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
Growing up, Kobeissi’s favorite Disney princess movie was actually Mulan so she wanted to find a look that captured the character’s bravery and strength.
On the left is Princess Tiana and on the right is model Sydney Harper. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
Kobeissi had originally wanted to dress the models in beautiful big ball gowns and crowns, just like the Disney Princesses did, but then her friend actually suggested that she put the models in what princesses would wear in 2019.
On the left is Pocahontas and on the right is model Sophia Esperanza. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
The styling for Pocahontas is made much more modern thanks to this beautiful bodysuit and paper bag-style pants.
On the left is Cinderella and on the right is model Stella Rose. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
Kobeissi’s vision for Disney Princesses in 2019 includes Cinderella wearing combat boots, not glass slippers, which is pretty amazing!
On the left is Aurora and on the right is model Willodeen Swaffield. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
“I wanted to keep some elements of the princesses the same, but I also wanted to show a different side to them in my own vision,” Kobeissi said. This photo of Aurora and the model portrays that perfectly.
On the left is Ariel and on the right is model Lilia Harlin. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
Kobeissi decided to give a fresh new take to Ariel from The Little Mermaid with this gorgeous glittery dress, which closely resembles Ariel’s mermaid tail.
On the left is Jasmine and on the right is model Sarah Al-Salman. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
Kobeissi said she tried to choose models with similar ethnicities to the original Disney Princess. This helped her stay true to the Disney Princess stories.
“I’m Arab myself, so the Jasmine photo was especially meaningful to me,” Kobeissi said. “She looked so spot-on.”
On the left is Belle and on the right is model Tashi Rodriguez. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
Kobeissi decided to photograph her longtime friend and model, Tashi Rodriguez, as Belle. Why? Well, because she wanted to bring a new perspective to the Disney Princess.
“The model I chose for Belle doesn’t match completely, but I kind of like it that way … she’s beautiful, and I wanted to include her,” she said. “I hope people see these photos and see they don’t have to look a certain way to look beautiful.”
On the left is Snow White and on the right is model Lauren Keeline. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
On the left is Tinkerbell and on the right is model Paulina Shafir. The makeup has been done by Hayley Kassel.
There were some Disney characters that Kobeissi wasn’t originally going to include in her photo series, like Tinkerbell, when she arrived in LA for the princess photoshoots, something happened.
She actually ran into model, Paulina Shafir, who reminded her of the Peter Pan fairy, so she decided to take the opportunity.
“I didn’t even think about Tinker Bell, but it was meant to be that we included her,” Kobeissi said.
What do you think of Kobeissi’s photo series featuring real-life models portrayed Disney Princesses? Let us know in the comments.