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:
Filipino actress and singer Sarah Geronimo as Rapunzel:
Thai singer Gam Wichayanee as Maleficent:
Indonesian actress and model Sandra Dewi as Cinderella:
Filipino-Chinese actress Kim Chiu as Mulan:
Thai International Model Tori Holbrook as Pocahontas:
Bandmate from Thailand’s girl group Olive, Oranicha Krinchai, as Ariel:
Actress Wawa Maripha from Thailand as Belle:
Fellow Olive bandmate from Thailand, Nitcharee Kijviriya, as Jasmine:
Thai Model and Actress, Natpassara Adulyamethasiri, as Merida:
Malaysian musician Daiyan Trisha as Snow White:
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.