Disney has unveiled a collaboration with CreativeSoul Photography and Black owned businesses that will debut on February 3 on shopDisney, Walt Disney World Resort, and Disneyland Resort. This collaboration features a special-edition artist series collection of dolls across the African diaspora, inspired by Disney Princesses.
The CreativeSoul Doll Collection will be featured at the EPCOT International Festival of the Arts at Walt Disney World. From February 3-5, CreativeSoul Photography founders, Regis and Karan, will be on hand for both book and doll signings. There will also be a series of five photographic prints of the models which inspired the dolls, and a bonus print that pays tribute to Elsa. These will be available starting on February 3 for a limited time in large-format wall art sizes and also smaller deluxe prints. There will also be be natural-styled wigs and life-sized dresses of the models on display from February 3-5. The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts continues through February 20, 2023.
The CreativeSoul Doll Collection is based on the work of CreativeSoul Photography founders Regis and Karan Bethencourt’s work. It reimagines what classic Disney Princesses would look like through a diverse lens. The various dolls have natural hairstyle and intricate Afrocentric fabrics and adornments. They pay tribute to four Disney Princesses: Tian, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Cinderella.
Regis and Kahn have been pursuing initiatives that align with their mission of “celebrating youth of color in artistic new ways through adding Afrocentric design elements to their visuals to showcase the beauty and strength of diversity” for over a decade.
“Our mission has always been to bring bold inspiring images of people of color to life,” said Kahran. “We are both excited and proud of this project and hope that through the lens of photography, it will help further empower young girls of color and show they can be a princess too,” added Regis.
The CreativeSoul Doll Collection retails for $59.99 each. The collection will be available starting on February 3 on shopDisney, Walt Disney World Resort, and also Disneyland Resort. This collection is another way that Disney continues to Celebrate Soulfully. This is “an initiative that invites families and friends to gather for experiences that honor Black heritage and culture through music, food, art and more.”
More details about how Disneyland Resort is celebrating Black History Month and continues to Celebrate Soulfully can be found here. What do you think of the CreativeSoul Doll Collection? Which doll is your favorite? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!