Pocahontas, Ariel, Mulan-- We've been talking about each of these characters since our childhood.In fact, we're so familiar with them that we are so used to seeing them a certain way.
So much so that we fail to notice the inaccuracies in their appearances. The perfect example being Belle, according to her time period, she should have been wearing a large powdered wig!
Another would be Jasmine, she should have had her head covered as she walked the streets of Agrabah. It's funny how our childhood's shape our views, isn't it?
But, the great thing about adulthood is growth and I'm here to show you what each of these princesses should have looked like!
Truth be told, she was named Amonute when she was born. But went by the name Matoaka, which translates into “flower between 2 streams.”
Pocahontas was actually between 10 and 12 years old during this story. She was not in her 20s as though she appears in the Disney film.
Although since she was the daughter of the Powhatan chief, she most often wore deer skin along with beads that hung around her neck. As for her hair, it was most often in long braids.
Princess Jasmine was originally named Badroulbadour which translates into "full moon of full of moons".
Her name uses the moon as a metaphor for her beauty. Her name was indeed changed to make her a more relatable character.
She was written to wear modest clothing that was loose-fitting because of the brutally hot environment that she lived in.
Snow White lived in Germany in the 16th century during the Protestant reformation era.
Back then women mostly wore outfits that consisted of dark colors with high necklines.
They also wore headpieces and had their hair tied back.
Rapunzel's story was also based in Germany in the mid-16th century era.
During that time, women wore very feminine clothing, and per the German painter, the dresses that women wore during that century were referred to as Cranachs gowns.
The story of Sleeping Beauty took place in France during the 14th century.
Princess Aurora would have typically wore a more tight-fitted, tailored dress. One full with sleeves and a bodice.
The outfits were most usually buttoned up the front and were more known as a Cotehardie.
Elsa's story was set into the mid-18th century where women wore gorgeous Victorian dresses, complete with a ballgown silhouette.
Corsets and embroidery were actually not all that common back then.
But as a new queen, she traditionally would have worn more of an intricately fashioned cape. Instead of her simple one that cloaked her in the films.
She is probably the hardest princess to come up with a more accurate depiction of, because she lived underwater and there's no solid proof of humans ever seeing mermaids in real life. But, we can go more in depth of what she would have looked like after she became human.
Ariel was placed in the 17th century. Back then women wore more off-the-shoulder type dresses and they had big poofy sleeves, instead of the more sagging sleeves that she wore in the film
Princess Mulan was set during the Northern Wei Dynasty. And the ballad of her legend says that she was the girl who cut her hair short, only to disguise herself as a man.
But as far as her clothing is concerned in this era, women were known to wear layered loose clothing, that was tight only at the waist and they most often would have very wide sleeves.
Also in terms of makeup, they wore bright, fun colors and most often they would have flowers in their hair.
Her story was first thought to have been during the 18th century. But it also may have emerged from a much older story. One that told the tale of a woman from China who lived around 206 BCE.
During this era, portraits of women with blonde hair were not all that common, since it was not a fashionable color until the 1830's.
Her story was probably the most accurately animated of them all, but her attire was still not perfect.
Belle's story was set in France during the 18th century, her dresses should have been much more fashionable than they are shown in the film.
Besides the well known poufs that women wore at that time, they also were designed with flowers, ribbons, lace, feathers, and jewelry.