We love Disney Princesses. Sure, the classic ones are kinda young and don’t make the best choices when it comes to men, (Belle falling in love with an emotionally abusive beast who locks her in a dungeon? Come on) but there’s something about them, probably the rose-tinted goggles of nostalgia from our childhood, that makes us so Disney crazy.
Now I’m not gonna lie, there’s a part of me that wishes I could be a Disney Princess. If I was Ariel and could re-do the movie, I’d use the fact that I’m my dad’s favorite to become the underwater ruler of the sea and get my hands on that sweet trident of his. Then I’d use that power to get any man I want, instead of, you know, selling my soul to some evil sea witch just to make it with some dreamy sailor bro.
But sadly I can never be a Disney Princess. Or could I?
I mean this guy, Richard Schaefer seems to be doing a pretty amazing job of it.
Schaefer began cosplaying as a response to people who kept saying how androgynous he was. So he cosplayed as his favorite Princess first: Ariel.
Ever since then, Schaefer’s collected over 40 costumes and 30 wigs, and has done tons of Disney cosplays that are absolutely spot on.
Schaefer takes as much as two hours for each transformation and makes a lot of the costumes all by himself.
He’s admittedly addicted to Disney and it’s apparent how passionate he is with each Cosplay he does.
Bullied for his weight in high school, Schaefer gained confidence in his senior year, and his transformations have helped him come out of his shell even more.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Schaefer said:
“Being a princess definitely helped me to become a more confident person. Not only do I feel beautiful as a person but I feel even more beautiful when I’m just myself, the ball gown is just an added bonus.”
You go, Schaefer.
Get on with your bad self.