Modern fairytale? Disney princesses finally get a real job

Kinderling News & Features

Disney-weary parents everywhere, it’s time to rejoice.

Matthew Burt, a Californian illustrator who has reimagined Disney princesses’ characters as career women.

Matt told ABC News he wanted to give the female characters an alternative story; one where they didn’t ‘just’ marry a handsome prince at the end of the fairytale.

"The Disney princesses are more than just characters to many people. They have become cultural icons and influential women that others look up to," said Matt.

"Since they have such an impactful role in society, I felt that it was important to show them as strong women and women who are successful on their own.”

Matt also wanted to challenge social norms but giving the reimagined characters careers in traditionally male-dominated fields.

1. Elsa and Anna the climate change scientists

“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.”

2. Mulan, the attorney

“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.”

3. Snow White, the therapist

"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."

4. Cinderella, the animal rights activist

“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 non-profit organization committed to promoting animal rights.”

5. Pocahontas, who runs a non-for-profit fighting for environmental conservation

"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 non-profit 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.”

6. Ariel, the pop star and record producer

“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 multi-platinum 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.”

7. Sleeping Beauty, the CEO of a coffee empire 

“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.”

8. Belle, the university chancellor

“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.”

9. Jasmine, U.N. Ambassador

"I would have to say that Jasmine is my favorite. Her job, in particular, stood out to me as a great fit for her personality. Also, her overall style for the artwork made her my favorite."