Modern takes on Disney princesses have been all the rage lately. Graphic artists have taken to appropriating the squeaky-clean role models to make powerful statements on race, gender, sexual abuse, domestic violence and even the environment. (The princes have also gotten similar treatments on abuse, gender and sexuality.)
Now Italian artist Emmanuel Viola has updated the familiar princesses in a new, fresh way: as pierced and tattooed-up badasses.
Viola's characters are a far cry from their demure and proper Disney incarnations, breaking the princesses out their molds and helping us imagine them as modern women. (And there are many cameos from other fan-favorite Disney characters as well.) Not only is it a cool aesthetic, but it helps us get away from the "perfect princess" image.
Check out Viola's series below:
1. Ariel from The Little Mermaid
3. Belle from The Beauty and the Beast
4. Jasmine from Aladdin
5. Snow White
6. Aurora from Sleeping Beauty
7. Princess Leia from the Star Wars franchise (a retroactive Disney princess through the Lucasfilm merger)
h/t Huffington Post