During pregnancy, you spend a lot of time thinking: reflecting on the things you’re passionate about, the idea of being a mother in this world, and how becoming a mom will change you.
For Oksana Pashchenko, of Russia, those pregnancy musing resulted in some truly beautiful artwork, as Pashchenko re-imaged Disney princesses going through the same transition she was.
“My pregnancy served as inspiration,” Pashchenko told TODAY. “I now I have been on maternity leave for two years and devote myself to drawing and I thought, why not make the Disney princesses as a continuation of the happy ending to the fairy tale?”
The results are just gorgeous, as you can see with a quick scroll through Paschenko’s Instagram.
I love this modern reimagining of pregnant Mulan on the Great Wall of China.
Many of the pictures are more traditional, showing the Disney princesses that many of today’s moms grew up besides.
In this sketch, Aladdin is clearly thrilled to be a father, while Princess Jasmine gives him a bump with her baby belly. I mean, isn’t is just run to think about what an awesome dad Aladdin would be? I’m sure that magic carpet rides would put a fussy baby right to sleep.
When Pashchenko posted a pregnant Pocahontas embracing John Smith, she acknowledged that the art was pure fiction, a far cry from the real story that inspired the animation.
“This is my fantasy on Disney characters. Only a beautiful character of a children’s cartoon. Please don’t need to link to the real story of Matoaka. I [don’t] want to offend anyone,” she wrote.
While I love a good maternity shoot, it was very entertaining to see Pashchenko’s imaging of the Disney kids. The details in the pictures allude to the well-known Disney stories. I just love the playfulness of this drawing of Aurora, holding her daughter, who is dressed up as the wicked Maleficent.
Or, for the Beauty and the Beast Fans, this picture of Belle and her daughter. Note the rattle — a little Chip! How adorable is that?
Then there’s this drawing of Tiana with her toddler. Even in the fantasy world, you can’t get a two-year-old to have a clean face and smile. I love that little dose of reality.
If you’re feeling crabby today, or just aren’t in a mood to celebrate being a mom, Pashchenkohas something for you, too. How about this drawing or Ursula’s wedding? No word on who the lucky spouse is, but we love her set of villainous bridesmaids.
Because really, even the sea witch deserves a happily ever after.