Beautiful Indian Bridal Wear Inspired by Disney Princesses

 

The love for Disney Princesses is at an all-time high. Earlier this month, we discovered a campaign by Disney Channel (Asia) which had Southeast Asian celebrities pose as Disney Princesses. That’s not all. We’ve seen artists re-imagine Disney Princesses as different ethnicities and even gender bend the princesses into princes.

Clearly, the Disney Princess hype is far from over. Recently, Indian bridal wear company Wellgroomed Designs found themselves inspired by Disney as well. The result? Wellgroomed created nine stunning Indian bridal looks inspired by Disney Princesses.

“In our quest to do something out of the the ordinary, we thought it be awesome to do a Disney themed bridal shoot,” Wellgroomed explained on their official blog. “After all, many brides grow up idealizing characters like Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jasmine, etc.”

“Our idea was to showcase these characters as Indian brides,” they continued. “We knew it would be a challenge to pull this off but we’re blessed with some very talented and creative people in our industry.”

Check out the breath-taking bridal wear below and tell us your favorite!

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Inspired by Snow White.

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Inspired by Rapunzel.

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Inspired by Ariel.

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Inspired by Cinderella.

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Inspired by Pocahontas.

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Inspired by Aurora.

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Inspired by Jasmine.

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Inspired by Belle.

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Inspired by Mulan.

 

All photos courtesy of Wellgroomed Designs.
Decor: Universal Decor
Photography: Amrit Photography
Jewelry: Obsession Jewelry
Makeup: Makeup Vibez by Ranjit Heer
Hair: Powder Room Studio | Glam by Sav I Iris Chau
Locations: Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, Surrey | Hycroft Manor, Vancouver
Models: Michelle Senghera, Jasmeen Johal, Carly Pinchin, Rachel Deagon, Alisha Sidhu, Shirin Sharifikhah, Iris Chau, Chanel Brar and Astra Pereira

12 Days of Princess: Southeast Asian Celebs Pose As Disney Princesses

 

As a woman of Southeast Asian decent who grew up watching Disney movies, I often saw the two worlds clash. In fact, I saw it clash every time I looked in the mirror.

Throughout my childhood, I had difficulty identifying with any of the Disney princesses (the closest I got was Mulan) and it made me question if I was worthy of being a “princess.” As it turns out, many others shared my feelings. More and more artists are now taking an initiative to use their talents to challenge the classic princess image. A couple concepts I’ve seen include re-imagining Disney Princesses as different ethnicities, and even gender bending the princesses into princes.

Well it looks like Disney Channel (Asia) wanted to join the movement. They’ve created their own spin with their new campaign called “12 Days of Princess.”  In collaboration with 12 different Southeast Asian celebrities, Disney Channel (Asia) set out to recreate each artist into an iconic Disney princess. Their list of artists include Filipino actresses Sarah Geronimo and Kim Chiu, as well as Malaysian musicians Daiyan Trisha and Marsha Milan Londoh.

In addition to the campaign, Disney Channel (Asia) hosted a contest for viewers to have a chance to win an exclusive calendar featuring the remixed princesses. Check them out below and tell us which one is your favorite!

 


 

Malaysian musician and actress Marsha Milan Londoh as Queen Elsa:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 2.59.07 PM

 

Filipino actress and singer Sarah Geronimo as Rapunzel:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 2.58.14 PM

 

Thai singer Gam Wichayanee as Maleficent:
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Indonesian actress and model Sandra Dewi as Cinderella:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 2.49.21 PM

 

Filipino-Chinese actress Kim Chiu as Mulan:
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Thai International Model Tori Holbrook as Pocahontas:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.18.20 PM

 

Bandmate from Thailand’s girl group Olive, Oranicha Krinchai, as Ariel:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.18.32 PM

 

Actress Wawa Maripha from Thailand as Belle:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.18.48 PM

 

Fellow Olive bandmate from Thailand, Nitcharee Kijviriya, as Jasmine:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.19.03 PM

 

Thai Model and Actress, Natpassara Adulyamethasiri, as Merida:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.19.22 PM

 

Malaysian musician Daiyan Trisha as Snow White:Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 3.19.39 PM

 

We ran into a road bump while looking for Tiana’s model. Some speculate it’s Filipino actress Kathryn Bernardo, and others say that it’s Thai actress Chalida Vijitvongthong.  Neither actress show confirmation that it’s them. Can you help us find out who this mystery lady is? We’d love to hear what you think.

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Artist Reimagines Western Fairy Tales with a Korean Twist

 

Anna built a snowman and Elsa formed her ice castle in an unnamed Nordic country. But what if the story of Disney’s Frozen took place on the Korean peninsula?

Korean artist and illustrator Na Young Wu, who goes by the handle Obsidian (@obsidian00) on Twitter, recently unveiled a series of illustrations depicting Western fairy tales as if they had taken place in Korea. Elsa’s glittering dress, for example, would look more like a hanbok, like so:

 

Check out the rest of the artist’s Korean-Western fairy tales series below. You can click on the tweets to view each image separately. The Frog PrinceThe Little Mermaid and Snow White:

 

 

Alice in WonderlandLittle Red Riding Hood and Beauty and the Beast:

 

More Hans Christian Andersen: The Wild Swans and The Snow Queen with Chinese and Japanese influences, respectively.  

You can view more of the artist’s work on her Naver blog. Follow her on Twitter (@00obsidian00).

 

–STORY BY JAMES S. KIM
This story was originally featured on iamkoream.com

“Big Hero 6″’s Hapa Brothers: Daniel Henney and Ryan Potter

“We actually just met last week to promote this movie,” Ryan Potter laughs, gesturing to his neighbor, Daniel Henney. A startling revelation, as Potter and Henney voice a pair of loving, biracial brothers who tell each other just about everything.

Disney’s Big Hero 6, while a superhero cartoon, focuses on much more than just the combat scenes. Whether the young protagonist Hiro Hamada is hanging out with his friends or bantering with his older brother Tadashi, he’s at his happiest when he’s being affirmed and supported by his unconventional family. Family doesn’t always mean two parents and the dog.

“[Big Hero 6 is] about the idea if you utilize the brain of a brilliant child, or children in general, to its full capacity, what they can do, what they can overcome with the right support system,” says Henney, who voices Tadashi.

Tadashi has assumed the role as family protector from the start of the film, when he rescues his little brother Hiro from a few crooked robot fighters. Gently nudging Hiro in the direction of applying for college, Tadashi watches over him lovingly as their parents would and proves that broken families don’t lack love.

“I’m kind of his rock, and I try to guide him the right way when he seems to step off the path a little bit,” Henney says of his character. “Tadashi sees that Hiro isn’t up to his full potential, but by the end of the film, [Hiro] definitely sees his own purpose,” adds Potter.

While Tadashi might not be physically present for the majority of the film, Hiro carries his brother’s influence and his passion for helping people in his mind, and it’s this love for caring that has him committing to fighting crime with the Big Hero 6 by the end of the movie.

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The Super Jamie Chung in “Big Hero 6″

What’s even cooler than a female superhero? Two of them. Disney’s newest animated film Big Hero 6 details the adventures of boy-genius Hiro Hamada as he tries to investigate a fatal and suspicious fire that took everything away from him. With the assistance of his friends and a robot, Hiro forms a superhero team that can solve any mystery.

Korean American actress Jamie Chung voices one of Hiro’s two female, college-aged friends, GoGo Tomago.

“What’s so great about her and Honey Lemon is that there’s no stereotype of, or cookie-cutter character of what they think a strong female character is,” Chung says about the brainy, female characters, each of whom are completely unique. While both GoGo and Honey Lemon are studying the sciences along with Wasabi and non-student Fred, they couldn’t be more different. Honey Lemon is “girly,” but can still use chemicals to create a destructive weapon; GoGo can get answers out of anyone with her cool yet direct personality.

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

“She’s a woman of few words –– she’s like the Clint Eastwood character of the group,” says the actress, who has recently gained popularity for her role as Mulan in Once Upon a Time. “She’s got quite a lot of sass, she’s got a need for speed, she’s an adrenaline junkie, and she’s got a secret crush on Fred –– I’m just making that up, but I’m gonna go with it.”

After earning some major upgrades with costumes and gadgets, GoGo can out-race anything with her speed-inducing rollerblades and boomerang-like discs which she can throw at targets. Just as impressive, Honey Lemon can type a few elemental equations into her periodic table purse to produce chemical, explosive orbs.

“I think what I love about this group and the reality is that intelligence is not sex-biased. Everyone is pretty equal in that world, and they can hang and if anything, they’re a bit more fearless than their male counterparts,” Chung says.

And when the mystery has been solved, the superheroes don’t go their separate ways to their ordinary lives; they hang out at Hiro’s aunt’s café and spend time with each other.

“It really celebrates a new kind of family –– a very contemporary, unconventional family, and that’s with your friends.”

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Japanese American Hapa Ryan Potter on His Big Debut in “Big Hero 6″

 

As someone who has spent his whole life training in martial arts –– it was this hobby that landed him the leading role of Mike Fukanaga in Nickelodeon’s Supah Ninjas and jumpstarted his acting career, after all –– you’d think the fight sequences featured in Disney’s newest animation action flick Big Hero 6 would seem kind of mediocre to Ryan Potter. But he’s as floored by the elaborate animations as anyone.

“It’s that Marvel effect! Gotta love those Marvel action sequences,” 19-year-old Potter said excitedly over the phone, referring to Big Hero 6’s origin as a Marvel comic. “They’re larger than life.”

Potter lends his voice for the first time to the character Hiro Hamada, a 14-year-old genius living in the fictional city of San Fransokyo and the eventual leader of Big Hero 6, a team of super smart superheroes. After the sudden death of his older brother Tadashi, Hiro decides to investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding the tragic accident with the help of Baymax, a healthcare robot designed by Tadashi. Hiro’s older friends, GoGo Tomago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred, also join the fight in a show of friendship.

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The friends skate, race cars and even fly through the city of San Fransokyo, which is a clever and imaginative mash between the major cities of Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, U.S.A. After watching the finished product, the city itself stirred up fond memories for Potter, who was raised in Tokyo until his family moved back to the United States at the age of seven.

“There are so many similarities between Tokyo and San Fransokyo that when I watched the film, there were a lot of hidden moments there for me,” said Potter. “There were memories of me taking the train with my mom … it represented a big part of my childhood.”

The presence of Tokyo wasn’t the only thing that held meaning for Potter. Many people are already pointing out the fact that not only does Disney’s newest venture feature a multiracial cast and a diverse number of characters, but the main hero himself is biracial.

“If you consider the U.S. the melting pot of the world, hopefully in the future, the media is going to show that,” said Potter, who is of Japanese and Caucasian descent. “This movie has opened doors for more mixed roles for characters and actors who are biracial.” Growing up, Potter would watch TV and notice that he never saw any heroes who looked like him. People of mixed race were not represented in the media. Big Hero 6 gave him Hiro, the hero he’d always wanted to see as a child. Though the Big Hero 6 team includes characters of various ethnicities, Disney doesn’t poke fun at the characters’ backgrounds, or even highlights them, for that matter. “These characters don’t feel like they need to identify themselves –– they’re just San Fransokyans,” said Potter. “It’s just like when people ask me about my background. I don’t like to say I’m Japanese and Caucasian –– I say I’m American. Because that’s all that matters.”

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With his first animated feature under his belt, Potter is hooked to voice-overs and hopes he can join more animated projects in the future. His dream film? Any future Studio Ghibli movies legendary Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki decides to embark on. “It’s so freeing,” Potter said of the advantages voice-acting has over live acting. “You go into that [recording] booth and you don’t have to worry about what you or your body looks like. You can be completely yourself.” The young actor, while he has no big upcoming projects, is currently planning on applying to various film schools in Southern California and dreams of working with Jeff Bridges and Robert Downey, Jr. But Big Hero 6 is a project that will remain close to his heart. “My favorite scene of all time has to be the first flight sequence Hiro takes with Baymax,” said Potter, referring to the scene where Baymax takes Hiro on an adventure through the city and over the clouds. “I think it’s every kid’s dream to fly.”    

Meet Moana, Disney’s First Polynesian Princess!

 

 

Exciting news from Disney! The newest Disney princess, Moana, is Disney’s very first Polynesian princess! Marking Disney’s 56th animated feature film, this new princess will be available to us in late 2016, not 2018 which was the initial rumored year for the film’s release.

And this is definitely official. Walt Disney Animation confirmed the release date on their official Twitter!

 

Photo courtesy of https://twitter.com/

Photo courtesy of https://twitter.com/

 

Moana is an adventurous, born-navigator and spirited 14-year-old teenager who “sets sail in search of a fabled island” to succeed her ancestors’ exploration of the Pacific Ocean 2000 years ago from today. Throughout her voyage the legendary demi-god and her hero, Maui, accompanies her and faces thrilling and astounding sights along the way. Many may be familiar with Maui since he is a recurring character in both Maori and Polynesian mythology.

The two directors of the film, John Musker and Ron Clements, also directed other Disney movies including Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Frog.

“Moana is indomitable, passionate and a dreamer with a unique connection to the ocean itself,” Musker said. “She’s the kind of character we all root for, and we can’t wait to introduce her to audiences.”

The screenplay was written by Oscar-nominated film-maker Taika Waititi, who was behind the New Zealand 2010 hit film Boy and the 2004 Academy Award-nominated short film Two Cars, One Night.

Photo courtesy of http://www.sheknows.com/

Photo courtesy of http://www.sheknows.com/

 

Feature image consists of fan-art by johngreeko.

Lea Salonga Sings “A Whole New World” 21 Years Later

 

Some know 43-year-old Lea Salonga as the first Asian actress to play Éponine and Fantine in the Broadway musical Les Misérables. Others know her as the first Filipina to be signed to an international record label. But I’m going to go ahead and bet that most of you know Salonga as the singing voice of Disney princesses Jasmine and Mulan.

It’s been over two decades since the release of  the beloved Disney animation Aladdin. This means it’s been over two decades since we first heard the unforgettable duet, “A Whole New World.”

Recently, Lea Salonga took us back in time by performing the beloved song alongside opera group Il Divo. 21 years later and she still sounds just as breathtaking as she did then!

 

 

Salonga’s work has gained her a Laurence Olivier Award, a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Award and Theatre World Awards. In 2010, she was named a Disney Legend for her work in Disney. Currently, Salonga is a coach on the Philippine edition of The Voice.

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Unbelievable Handcrafted “Frozen” Dresses Just In Time For Halloween

 

A few weeks ago, we showed you some kickass cosplay of Disney princesses in armor including Frozen‘s popular siblings, Anna and Elsa. As cool as those outfits were, we were a little sad that we didn’t get to see the intricate details of Elsa and Anna’s actual dresses from the animated film. Luckily for us, we found a pair of women who wanted the see the dresses come to life as well.

Using the shared Twitter handle yuuchiharu, Yuu and Chiharu have been able to show off their beautiful handcrafted Frozen costumes. In fact, the girls spent an entire year perfecting the Anna and Elsa dresses.

What could possibly be the motivation for all this time, effort and hard work? Halloween, of course! And this isn’t for just any Halloween celebration. The description on the Twitter account says, “This is the account of two women who spend all year thinking about and working hard on costumes for Tokyo Disneyland’s Halloween Parade.”

And what a year it must have been! The girls took their time selecting the perfect fabric for each piece of the costume and even had to purchase a special machine for the embroidery. They studied the film and multiple illustration books to make sure they got each detail correct and they even researched traditional Norwegian clothing to add some authenticity to the dresses.

As it turns out, the pair has been creating costumes for Tokyo Disneyland’s Halloween Parade for years. In fact, one of the girls, Yuu, studied clothing design and works in a dress shop.

For anyone who makes their own Halloween costumes and cosplay outfits, check out the impressive work of Yuu and Chiharu below.

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All photos courtesy of rocketnews24. 

Fan Sings “A Whole New World” With Lea Salonga, Shows Us What True Happiness Looks Like

 

For todays #TBT, we bring you a video from 2011. Now don’t let the date fool you– even now in 2014, the video is still making us smile. In fact, the video is making it’s way onto social media once again for another round of viral popularity.

Jared Young, an aspiring performer, claims that he dreamed of playing the role of Aladdin. The driven young man auditioned for the role at Disney’s California Adventure and even made it to the final cut, but he wasn’t casted. Not one to give up, he auditioned again the next year and (sadly) was not casted a second time.

As it turns out, Young only had to wait a few more years for his dream to come true. On September 2011, Young attended Lea Salonga’s Concert at the BYU De Jong Concert Hall. As many of you know, the popular Filipina singer and actress was the official singing voice of Princess Jasmine in the 1992 Disney animated film Aladdin.

To everyone’s delight, Salonga surprised her audience by inviting a random audience member to join her on stage to sing “A Whole New World.” As fate would have it, Salonga chose Young.

The best part of this video is Young’s clear excitement and enthusiasm. The entire time, Young is grinning from ear to ear and his happiness is simply infectious. Don’t believe us? Check it out for yourself.

 

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