You’ve seen them without makeup and sans immaculately styled hair, but you’ve never seen Disney princesses quite like this. Indian illustrator and comic artist Angela Mary Vaz has drawn your favorite fairy-tale females without their perfectly manicured locks, and they look a lot more relatable.
“The first [Disney] comic I created was actually my very own character in a Rapunzel style,” Vaz tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “But a lot of my followers got terribly excited and asked me to do more characters from Disney.” When she posted the Rapunzel image, which featured a curly-haired Rapunzel leaning out of her tower to tell a suitor, “sorry babe! My straightener died…” on social media, it got almost 30,000 likes. “Being a huge Disney fan, I thought, ‘Why not!’” Vaz says of drawing more Disney characters. “And that’s how I got started.”
Ah, the perfect fairy tale, ruined by curly hair. I seriously enjoyed drawing this little rendition of Rapunzel. I love fairy tales, so this was a dream come true for me!⠀❤️ ⠀ Tag a friend with wild, curly hair. ⠀ ⠀ #curlyhair #curlyhairproblems #curlyhairdontcare
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Next up was Sleeping Beauty, who in Vaz’s eyes has big blond curls and a serious case of bedhead when kissed by the prince.
I've done Rapunzel before and I had so much fun that I wanted to give Sleeping Beauty a try. ⠀ If you have more ideas of fairytales gone curly that you'd like to see, send me a DM or an email. I'm all ears. Fanart only. Character is owned and copyrighted by Disney. ⠀ Tag friend who'd love to see this. ⠀ #curlyhair #curlyhairproblems #curlyhairdontcare
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Her third princess was Pocahontas. In Vaz’s version, Pocahontas’s beloved wind blows tons of leaves into her voluminous mane. Super-relatable.
As per popular request, I've completed the third princess in the series – Pocahontas. I've admired her hair ever since I watched the film when I was little and now I get to draw her with curly hair. Ha! Being an artist is so cool! ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ Tag a friend who loves (loves, loves) Disney movies! ⠀ Fanart only. Character is owned and copyrighted by Disney. ⠀⠀ #curlyhair #curlyhairproblems #curlyhairdontcare
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Our favorite, though, might be her version of The Little Mermaid, in which Ariel has utensils stuck in her unruly red hair.
Okay, so here's the fourth princess in the series – Ariel. Ah, I loved, loved, loved drawing her hair. So who's next? If you have any ideas, do let me know! And have a terrific Sunday, darlings. Today's comic is sponsored by my lovely Patron – Anna. ❤️ Fanart only. Character is owned and copyrighted by Disney. ⠀ Tag a friend who loves Disney. ⠀ #ariel #thelittlemermaid #disney
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Then, of course, there’s curly-haired Belle, who asks the beast for conditioning tips.
As a curly girl, I used to envy girls with smooth and silky curly hair. I had no idea how to approach them in order to ask what their secret was. And has anyone noticed how tame and smooth Beast's fur is? ⠀ This is the 5th fairy tale, in the series. Now, whom should I draw next? Tag a friend who loves Disney Princesses. ⠀ #curlyhair #curlyhairproblems #curlyhairdontcare
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“As a curly girl, I used to envy girls with smooth and silky curly hair. I had no idea how to approach them in order to ask what their secret was,” Vaz captioned that post. “And has anyone noticed how tame and smooth Beast’s fur is?”
“Ever since I was a child, I’ve hated my hair,” the illustrator tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Mainly because I didn’t really know how to take care of it and I was bullied and teased for looking so ‘odd.’ One day, I drew a comic about curly hair. But the reaction to that one particular comic was totally unexpected. Instead of people making fun of it, I got comments and messages from curly-haired women feeling happy because they were able to relate to it.
“No doubt, the topic of curly hair has been given attention before. But this felt different. Being able to highlight each one of these problems that I (along with so many others with curly hair) face has become a part of my comics and me. Not to mention, I simply love drawing hair (that’s my favorite part of the comic).”
When Vaz isn’t drawing Disney princesses, she’s drawing other curly-haired characters to show what life is really like with untamed waves — not the kind a stylist creates. She tackles problems like bangs, middle parts, and hair ties.
I don't know what's gotten into me but I am unable to get the idea of bangs out of my head. Even though, I've actually cut my hair several times to create bangs (which has resulted in nothing less than disasters)⠀♀️ ⠀ If you love reading my daily comics, I'd absolutely love❤️ if you could head over to my Patreon page (link in bio) and support me. You can pledge $1 or $20 or anything in between, and it would make such a big difference. ☺️There are plenty of rewards for any amount you pledge. ⠀ What's the worst hair cut experience you've ever had? #curlyhair #curlyhairdontcare #curlyhairproblems
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Oh, the reasons why I cannot undo my ponytail in front of other people. Why, oh why must my hair take the shape of everything when it's wet? Can't you be more flexible, little curls!? ⠀ I want to thank everyone who's pledged to my Patreon this month. Next month, I'm going to be sending out so many rewards to all my wonderful Patrons. If you'd like to pledge simply visit www.patreon.com/straycurls because they're so many ways I can reward you, guys.⠀ ⠀ Tag someone with wild, curly hair! ⠀ #curlyhair #curlyhairdontcare #curlyhairproblems
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She also takes other style and beauty issues head on like bra shopping, acne, and online shopping.
I have acne. And I do this all the time, even though I repeatedly tell myself not to. I hope it goes away by the time I'm 30 but if not, I will continue to make Acne comics. ⠀ ✨✨If you'd love to support my comics, head over to my Patreon page. It's www.patreon.com/straycurls/ I offer some delightful rewards to all my patrons. And I don't share them anywhere else. ✨✨ Tag a friend who can relate. ⠀ #acneproblems #girlproblems #acne
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I reached my second goal on Patreon yo! Thank you, thank you for being so supportive and so kind. So as promised, here's a comic about underwear (bras to be specific). ⠀ If you enjoy my daily comics (I will be posting them forever because I am immortal), and would love to support me, head on over to my Patreon. I shower all my Patrons with love and rewards. It's www.patreon.com/straycurls/ ⠀ What's your worst shopping experience? Do tell because I might just make it into a comic. ⠀ #bra #shoppingspree #underwear
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I love online shopping for toys, books, basically everything but clothes. Because when I buy clothes, this happens. ⠀ ✨✨I am currently saving up to make Stray Curls merchandise. And I'd love if you could help me out. If you enjoy my daily comics and would love to support me, visit my patreon page at www.patreon.com/straycurls/ ✨✨ ⠀ What is your worst online shopping experience? Leave a comment below!⠀ ⠀ #onlineshopping #clothes #clothesshopping
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Vaz is an expert at showing expectations versus realities, but hair is definitely her specialty. And her followers can always relate. Her posts receive comments like, “Tell me about it,” “I feel you, girl,” “true,” and “my life in a nutshell.”
As for her Disney princess illustrations, there are likely more to look forward to. “I do want to cover Mulan and Snow White,” Vaz says. “All I know is, I love curly hair, and I will never stop making curly hair comics.”
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