Disney Princesses Debut as Curvy Goddesses! Plus, Exclusive Interview With the Artist

Disney Princesses Debut as Curvy Goddesses! Plus, Exclusive Interview With the Artist

Disney princesses are what little girls’ dreams are made of.

When New York-based artist and fashion illustrator Jonquel Norwood sat down to create her “Magic At Any Size” series, she imagined what her dream Disney Princess would look like.

The magical series — included princesses Cinderella, Tiana, Ariel, Jasmine and more — went viral as soon as they hit her Instagram.

We think Jonquel is making the world a better place.

In an exclusive interview, we spoke to her about her project, why curvy princesses are so important AND she gave us a never-before-seen sketch of Pocahontas. See it here!

JJJ: When did this idea first come to you?: I’ve had the idea for awhile now, I just kept pushing it off out of fear. I’m a huge Disney fan, and the princess have been such a big influence on me (and many people) that they are almost like real people. They lack diversity, however, as I believe everyone has a right to happily ever after. I decided to do it because of that reason, they are the ultimate American dream.

JJJ: How long did it take you to illustrate each princess? Which one took the longest?: Not counting the time it took to research each princess and find the right looks for them, a few days (about 8-10 hours from sketch to finished product). Cinderella was the hardest, because her dress is the most iconic. I ended creating my own dress design. Tiana also took a while to create. I knew I wanted her in a African wax print design, so I had to create one that suited her.

Click here to read how body shaming played a role in this beautiful series…

JJJ: Which one is your favorite?: That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child, LOL. If I had to choose, it would be a tie between Tiana and Cinderella, maybe that’s why they took the longest. Though, I really want that apple bag Snow White has.

JJJ: Was this a collab with the stores you mention in the posts?: No, this was this was all my own doing. I used this project as a way to shine some light on the plus fashion community.

JJJ: What’s the message you hope this sends JJJ readers?: I once thought that my worth was measured by my waist size, so if I can make just one person look at my art and see a beautiful reflection of themselves, then I’ve done my part. And that nothing is out of your reach, no matter who you are or what you look like, you deserve a little magic in your life.

JJJ: What’s your next project?: Well, I will finish the princess line (Elsa anyone?) and maybe even the Villains. After that I thinking a glamorous Zodiac set. I also hope to work with brands in the future and continue to build my career.

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Photos: Jonquel Norwood
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