Released in 1959, the animated film Sleeping Beauty created many interesting milestones for Disney. The film tells the story of the first prince with a name, not “anonymous little pawn” like Snow White and Cinderella, as well as the first prince who dares to face danger to rescue the princess. In addition, this is also the first animated project where the female lead is inspired by a real female star.
When the animated movie Sleeping Beauty went into production, Disney used the image of 50s-60s “screen beauty icon” Audrey Hepburn to create Princess Aurora. Physical strengths such as Hepburn’s fair skin, ant waist, and dreamy eyes were clearly inspired to apply to Aurora in the cartoon.
But later, Aurora’s character design was changed a few features according to animator Ron Dias’ share. “Originally, Aurora was a lot like Audrey Hepburn, she was lighter in weight, her face was rounder. But then Eyvind Earle changed her shape,” Dias said. Aurora later had a more angular face, sharp eyes and a different outfit. Although there are few lines and screen time, Aurora’s beauty is completely outstanding, has a distinct feature, not to be confused with Snow White or Cinderella before.
In fact, Audrey Hepburn’s influence spread even decades later, when she was also the inspiration for the creation of two other Disney princesses, Belle and Jasmine.
With Belle, Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh are two veteran names mentioned to create the beauty of this talented and complete princess. James Baxter – Disney’s animation director at the time said he wanted Belle to have thick lips, thick eyebrows and slightly smaller eyes than Ariel, so he studied Hepburn’s beauty for material.
Belle’s dress is reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s dress
Not stopping there, Audrey Hepburn’s dress on the screen was also used to create an evening gown for Belle. Specifically, the costume of the character Ann in the movie Roman Holiday that Audrey Hepburn plays is somewhat reminiscent of Belle when dancing with the Monster. In addition, Ann’s travel story in the film is similar to Aladdin’s Jasmine.
Image source: Disney
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