We’re used to seeing Disney princesses as perfect and glamorous women, but one artist, Arien Smith, wanted to reimagine them in an unconventional way to spread a message. The series, titled “Royal Service Dogs,” aims to raise awareness of disabled rights.
Arien is a mental health activist who aims to raise awareness about the value of service dogs. He gave each princess disabilities in the series and explained how service dogs could help them cope with them. “Both a commentary on the lack of disabled characters and support for disability rights,” the artist says of his work.
Check out the disabled princesses and their service dogs in the gallery below!
Cinderella suffers from fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder that can be debilitating for many people. By removing her shoes, the service dog assists her.
Complex PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder are depicted in this picture. C-PTSD is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (frequently in childhood). Her service dog is assisting her in waking up from a deep dissociative state and offering tactile support for relaxation and grounding.
Tiana suffers from Autism. In this illustration, her small service dog (small dogs are also great) is not performing a task, but tactile reinforcement, interruption of physically harmful activity, orientation during over-stimulation episodes, and anxiety calming are all possible tasks for autistic people.
Belle suffers from GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). Her service dog is practising a blocking posture to warn her if anyone approaches her from behind.
Some foods cause allergic reactions in Snow White (the artist made reference to mace). Her support dog detected an allergen in her food and alerted her.
Narcolepsy affects Sleeping Beauty. After a bout of daytime drowsiness, the service dog is holding his head. Narcolepsy is a sleep and arousal disorder caused by a neurological disease.