Androgynous Disney Fan Is Both Prince and Princess in Amazing Photo Series

Richard Schaefer is a talented costume design major at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, but he’s also a huge fan of Disney fairy-tale characters, so he spends a lot of his time creating real-life costumes of princes and princesses.

The young Disney costume maker is also quite androgynous, and he knows it. So in addition to creating the costumes, wigs and accessories of all his favorite characters, Richard is also very capable of showing them off on himself. In fact the popularity of Ariel’s Grotto, his Tumblr photo blog, went through the roof after photos of a prince to princess transformation starring Richard as the model were picked up by popular media outlets like Buzzfeed. He used a lot of makeup to slip into the skin of Disney princesses, but the result is nothing short of impressive. One could say he does a better job playing the princesses that he does the princes.


Tiana and Naveen, “The Princess and the Frog”

Apart from Tumblr, you can find Richard Schaefer on Facebook and check out his fairy-tale costumes and accessories on his Etsy shop.


 Ariel and Eric, “The Little Mermaid”


 Aurora and Philip, “Sleeping Beauty”


 Cinderella and Prince Charming, “Cinderella”


 Rapunzel and Flynn Rider , “Entangled”


 Snow White and Prince Charming, “Snow White”


 Belle and the Beast, “Beauty and the Beast”


 Elsa from “Frozen”






Peter Pan

Photos: RAS Designs/Facebook/Tumblr

via Buzzfeed

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  • Hmm Posted on September 12, 2013

    This person has a LOT of time on their hands!! Looks better as a boy.

  • Roger M. Wilcox Posted on October 2, 2013

    He should try to make his male costumes/makeup jobs look a little less feminine.

  • Meh -,- Posted on October 12, 2013

    Each princess has the same vacant, vulnerable look in her eyes.

    He should have been more dynamic with them, man :/ While posing as the a male character, he makes the character alive and fun. All his princesses look scared and/or vapid. Tink, Cinderella, and the second photo of the girl from Frozen have some attitude, but it’s so half-assed. Idk. It’s not cool.

    Though the clothing hair & make up is all pretty rad.