Annelies Maria Francine as Snow White (Instagram)
Computers afford previously unimaginable opportunities for photographic manipulation. (Just look at how Captain America: Civil War de-aged Robert Downey Jr. to look like his youthful ‘80s self.) But while technology’s visual-trickery potential seems limitless, one 17-year-old girl has proven that radical transformations are still achievable the old-fashioned way: with some make-up, hair styling, and clever photography.
As profiled in Good Housekeeping, Belgian 17-year-old Annelies Maria Francine has taken Instagram by storm with a series of snapshots in which she’s turned herself into some of cinema’s most revered icons. From Vivien Leigh as Gone with the Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara, to Audrey Hepburn as the title character in Sabrina, to classic Disney princesses like Beauty and the Beast’s Belle and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ Snow White, the history student at the University of Leuven — who hopes to begin a career in the modeling and fashion industries — proves to be a deft chameleon through her portraits.
“I have always loved using makeup and hair to transform myself into other people and movie characters…A year ago, I cut my hair into a pixie cut and people started telling me I looked like Audrey Hepburn,” she told the magazine. “I wasn’t very familiar with anything old Hollywood related at all, but when I looked her up I fell in love with the elegance of vintage silver-screen glamour!”
Francine’s classic Hollywood cosplay has been such a hit, she plans to launch a YouTube channel featuring tutorials on how others might achieve similar feats of make-over wonder. With over 40k Instagram followers already, she’s sure to have quite an audience should she ever decide to launch this makeover hobby into a full-time project.
You can read the entire story about Francine’s glamorous pursuit at Good Housekeeping, and check out her Instagram account for even more fabulous photos.