The most recent reimagining comes from former Dreamworks artist, Jason Porath, who had a list of historically awesome real women that he thought deserved the Disney princess treatment, but realized were probably too off-beat to ever make the official lineup.
So he decided to put his sick artistic skillz to good use, starting RejectedPrincesses.com, where he introduces the world to a new princess every week, who is based on a real-life power girl from history and is just too badass to get her own Disney movie.
Here are five of our fave “rejected princesses”:
Noor Inayat Khan: The Spy Princess (1914-1944)
Prior to World War II, Noor was a quiet, passive girl, spending most of her time writing poetry, music, and children’s books. But when the Nazis invaded Paris during WWII, she became a British secret agent working as the only radio operator in occupied Paris, which was a dangerous job in those times, with an average lifespan of just six weeks! Noor lasted 5 months before she was caught and executed for being a spy.
Ida B. Wells: Princess of the Press (1862-1931)
Ida was a famed African American journalist known for her brave anti-lynching stories in the 1800s. She also refused to give up her seat on the train for a white passenger 71 years before Rosa Parks did in 1955!
Hypatia of Alexandria (350-415 CE)
Hypatia was the first female mathematician in recorded history, who was also an expert astronomer, philosopher, physicist, and overachiever. She was eventually killed because her political influence in Alexandria had become too strong.
Mariya Oktyabrskaya: the Tank Princess (1905-1944)
Sergeant Mariya Oktyabrskaya was the first female tanker to ever win the Hero of the Soviet Union award for heroically fighting during World War II with the army tank she bought (and maintained) all by herself. Its name was Fighting Girlfriend (can you even think of a better Disney sidekick???).
Hatshepsut: the Unforgotten Princess (1508-1458 BCE)
Hatshepsut is arguably the greatest Pharoah in history. She reigned over Egypt for 20 years, cultivating amazing architecture, statues, and art.
We don’t know about you, but we could totally see all of these amazing women making awesome Disney princesses! We think Jason Porath is onto something good and hopefully Disney will catch on!
What do you think of the rejected princesses? Are there any historically awesome women you think would make great Disney princesses? Sound off in the comments below!