Meet the real-life Disney princesses! Cartoon stars come to life in uncanny photo shoot

The Disney princesses! Popular movie characters brought to life in beautiful photographs with REAL WOMEN

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14:34 GMT, 6 April 2012

Millions of little girls across the world are smitten with Disney's beautiful princesses.

From Sleeping Beauty to Princess Jasmine and Belle, the images of these animated beauties, with their
flaxen-haired, full lips and impossible proportions, have become iconic
thanks to the popularity of the Disney films in which they star.

And now, thanks to the skill of U.S. photographer and Disney character artist Ryan Astamendi, their beauty has been brought to life.

Real-life princess: Beauty and the Beast's Belle comes to life

Real-life princess: Beauty and the Beast's Belle comes to life

Real-life princess: Beauty and the Beast's Belle comes to life in Disney character artist Ryan Astamendi's photographs

Jasmine's cartoon version, with her long black ponytail and tiny waist

Aladdin's Jasmine, complete with her impossibly luxuriant mane

Impossible proportions: In the 1992 film Aladdin, Jasmine has a luxuriant mane and an impossibly tiny waist, but Mr Astamendi has done an artful job of bringing the cartoon to life with his real-life Jasmine

The California-based photographer has
created incredible real-life versions of Disney princesses – and the
likenesses are uncanny.

Those who have been to one of Disney's theme parks in the U.S. or Paris may have seen real-life princesses in the flesh – but this is the first time a photographer has recreated the princessesin such meticulous detail.

Mr
Astamendi, who has spent the past 18 years working as a character
artist for the Walt Disney Company, says he was inspired by Disney
animation from an early age.

Rapunzel in the recent animation of the story

Let down your hair! Rapunzel's flaxen locks are recreated with incredibly realistic results

Let down your hair! Rapunzel's flaxen locks are recreated with incredibly realistic results

Snow White

The fairest of them all: Snow White's beauty is reflected in the real princess's rosebud lips and peaches and cream complexion

The fairest of them all: Snow White's beauty is reflected in the real princess's rosebud lips and peaches and cream complexion

Growing
up in Burbank, California, he says he was fortunate enough to be tutored by a
few of Disney's artists, and went on to study at CalArts, where he
majored in Character Animation.

From that platform he managed to find
work with Disney as a Character Artist, where he had a hand in
developing Disney's characters – and developed a fondness for the Disney
princesses.

He embarked upon the photography project he has named 'the Princess Series', shooting real-life versions of his favourite princesses one-by-one.

What is essential for the success of his work is, he says, a 'great costume, and a great model.'

For Rapunzel, Mr Astamendi says he
had 15ft of hair made for model Skyler Vallo, and had a replica dress
crafted to match the Tangled star's lilac gown.

'The princesses are the most popular
photos in my portfolio,' Mr Astamendi says. 'I really enjoy these
projects, but they are a lot of work… probably more than anyone
realises.'

Read more on Ryan Astamendi's princess project on his blog, ryanryanastamendi.blogspot.co.uk, or visit his website: www.ryanastamendi.com.

Pocahontas

The 1995 film Pocahontas was the first Disney film to be based on a real historical figure

The 1995 film Pocahontas was the first Disney film to be based on a real historical figure, the Native American woman known as Pocahontas

Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty

Princess Aurora, wearing a replica of the beautiful pink gown she wears in Sleeping Beauty

Princess Aurora, wearing a replica of the beautiful pink gown she wears in Sleeping Beauty

Jessica Rabbit in Roger Rabbit

I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way: The photographer also turned his hand to a real-life Jessica Rabbit (and who could blame him)

I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way: The photographer also turned his hand to a real-life Jessica Rabbit (and who could blame him)