Taylor Swift is letting down her blond locks for her latest endeavor: posing as Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled for Annie Leibovitz's Disney Dream Portrait series. The singer is the latest famous lady to step into the shoes (or glass slipper) of a Disney princess for the ad series. Over the years, we've seen Jessica Biel as Pocahontas, Rachel Weisz as Snow White, and Julianne Moore as Ariel, to name a few. These dreamy photos by the renowned photographer bring the animated fairy tales from our childhood to life, literally, with musicians, athletes, actors, and more. So we're taking a trip down Disney memory lane with our favorite princesses, prince charmings, and villainesses snapped by Annie for the Disney Parks series, along with the animated characters that inspired them!
We grew up watching Disney princess films, playing dress-up as them, and singing along to songs by them. So this holiday season, give the women in your life some nostalgia by gifting them these presents inspired by Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, and the rest of Disney's royal ladies. Whether it's a girlfriend who's still waiting for her prince charming or a sister who dressed as Belle every Halloween, anyone who's still got a soft spot Disney princesses will love these gifts ideas. Check them out now for a happily-ever-after holiday!
Julie Andrews is the spokeswoman for Disney's Princess Week, and today on The Talk she gave us all the royal details. When asked what exactly the week is all about, she had a straightforward answer: "It entails a lot of merchandise." But it's not all a ploy to sell tiny Cinderella glass slippers to little girls. As Julie Andrews explained, Disney is donating lots of DVDs to kids in need. She also dropped some princess trivia. Do you know how many real princesses there are in the world? Watch this clip to find out, and for more read LilSugar's interview with Julie Andrews on the merits of princess culture.
OK, the 5-year-old daughter of Michelle Williams and the late Heath Ledger did not say that per se, but she did ask a Disney employee one pointed question during a trip to Disney World. In the February issue of Marie Claire, Michelle tells a sweet story about her daughter, an avid consumer of the controversial princess culture like all little girls.
"I took Matilda to Disney World recently and we saw all the princesses, and then she turned around and said, 'OK, now I'd like to see where all the princes are.' The Disney person said, 'Nobody has ever asked me that before. There aren't any princes here, honey.'"
I never thought of that, yet it seems so obvious. And when you think about it — don't all Disney princes kind of seem like the same generic guy? Disney clearly knows its audience. Next time, Matilda, to really shake things up, ask Disney where the overweight princesses are!
Some girls never let go of their wish to be princesses, and thanks to designer Kristie Kelly, they don't have to. The Kirstie Kelly for Disney by Mouwad collection, shown at Bridal Week in New York, features six engagement rings and wedding bands that pay homage to Disney's leading princesses.
The engagement rings, named after Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, and Belle are supposed to be "subtle references to the personalities of each princess." For example, the baguettes and clean lines of the Ariel ring are supposed to reference the bold style of art deco and Ariel's "bold individuality."
Although I was never a fan of princesses, have no plans of getting married anytime soon, and would feel sheepish taking a leap into adulthood wearing a Disney-inspired engagement ring, I do fancy the look of the Sleeping Beauty ring. What do you feel about this collection?