Disney Princesses Are Reimagined as Modern-Day Women in Glam Transformations

Disney Princess Makeover by Yudelmis San Emeterio

Disney princesses continue to be a source of inspiration for artists who want to explore these beloved icons in a new context. We've seen these gals reimagined as classical oil paintings, femme fatales, and even real-life people. Now, artist Yudelmis “Yudie” San Emeterio uses her digital manipulation skills to give each animated starlet a modern makeover.

Belle sports a contemporary blue dress and highlights, Tiana wears her hair down with twinkling barrettes, and Mulan shows off an edgy sleeve of botanical tattoos. San Emeterio uses a frame from the Disney movie as the base for her glamorous updates, on which she carefully applies makeup, accessories, and contemporary clothing. What's most enchanting about these makeovers is how the artist keeps the essence of each princess' style in her redesigns.

San Emeterio also shares how she makes these digital edits on her TikTok. “When I saw people giving makeovers to Disney characters, I couldn't help myself!” she tells Buzzfeed. “My main goal with my videos is to keep the changes in the transformation as close as possible to the style and texture of the original art.” Each video offers a sneak peek into her process, where she expertly redraws the characters using her iPad. The final results are so convincing that they look like they came directly from Disney.

You can view more of San Emeterio's work by following her on Instagram and TikTok. You can also purchase prints through her online store.

Artist Yudelmis “Yudie” San Emeterio gives Disney princesses a modern makeover.



Disney Princess Makeover by Yudelmis San Emeterio

@vanotyartsI gave her ears 😳 ##eyeslipsface ##cinderella ##disneyprincess ##gloupdisney ##tiktokart♬ Eyes. Lips. Face. (e.l.f.) – iLL Wayno & Holla FyeSixWun



Disney Princess Makeover by Yudelmis San Emeterio

@vanotyartsSaw people doing “glow ups” of Disney characters so I decided to do my own. I went for a more subtle change! ##disneyprincess ##artchallenge ##belle♬ Strawberry Shortcake – Melanie Martinez


She digitally updates their clothing, hair, and makeup to make them look like contemporary women.



Disney Princess Makeover by Yudelmis San Emeterio

@vanotyartsI knew that I wanted to do something more dramatic for Mulan, and I love the “ABG” look, so… ##abg ##mulan ##disneyprincess ##gloupdisney♬ Candy – Doja Cat



Disney Princess Makeover by Yudelmis San Emeterio

@vanotyartsThe trickiness with 3D edits is that they’re a bit more involved, but Rapunzel is worth it ❤️ ##rapunzel ##disneyprincess ##gloupdisney♬ GREEDY x TREASURE – conradrocha



Disney Princess Makeover by Yudelmis San Emeterio

@vanotyartsAladdin is probably the only Disney movie I have never seen and I’m ashamed of myself 🤭 Jasmine is 😍 though. ##aladdin ##princessjasmine ##gloupdisney♬ B.S. – Jhené Aiko, H.E.R.



Disney Princess Makeover by Yudelmis San Emeterio

@vanotyartsAs much as I like the blue and green dresses in the film, I think pink was made for Tiana 😍 ##tiana ##disneyprincess ##gloupdisney ##artchallenge ##art♬ Talk – Khalid



@vanotyartsI swear, Ariel has more eyelid space than what I know what to do with. What a babe 😍 ##disneyprincess ##Ariel ##littlemermaid ##gloupdisney ##tiktokartist♬ Motivation – Normani



@vanotyartsI wish Moana’s brows were on my face 😩 BTW, some of the final transformations are up on my insta for those that want them 👍 ##moana ##gloupdisney♬ Take Your Man – Mahogany LOX



Disney Princess Makeover by Yudelmis San Emeterio

@vanotyartsOut of all the female leads in Disney, I resonate with Jane the most. I’m still waiting for my Tarzan, though 😂 ##disneyprincess ##gloupdisney ##jane♬ Tarzan Medley: You'll Be in My Heart / Two Worlds / Strangers Like Me / Trashin' the Camp – Anthem Lights


Yudelmis San Emeterio: Store | Instagram | TikTok

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Yudelmis San Emeterio.

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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