Georgia-based graphic designer and illustrator Davian Chester (@real_toons) is making waves for his renditions of Disney princesses reimagined as black women.
The 25-year-old, who doubles as an elementary school art teacher, told BuzzFeed that his creations are inspired by “the lack of representation of black women in mainstream media.”
“I created this collection to ask people: What if some of the most iconic women in the world were black women?” he told the publication. “They would be bold, black, and beautiful with all shades of color.”
Chester told Blavity that he wants people to walk away from his work having been able to relate to it in some way.
“I love to create black beauty, and we need as much as we can. I have so many ideas I want to share with the world,” said Chester.
He also explained the challenges that come with being a black artist. “I do not think there is enough representation of Black art and beauty, especially in mainstream media,” Chester said to Blavity.
“We need more Black beauty in our homes, online and on TV. It is getting there, though. I [also] believe Black artists should work together and collaborate rather than compete.”
“Black beauty is being confident, loving, brave and proud — not letting anything stand in your way because you know your worth.”