Real-life Rejected Princesses: the anti-Disney heroes of history

Michael Bryant

Michael is the Director of Vada Magazine. In his spare time he is a massive geek who obsesses over retro video games, Doctor Who and A Song of Ice and Fire.
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Below is the work of an amazing artist called Jason Porath, who used to work for DreamWorks Animation (as an effects animator).

He has created these beautiful works of art for possible Disney Princesses (and queens) who will never get a film of their own. These, then, are the Rejected Princesses.

All of them are genuine people from history and it’s a crying shame that these amazing women will never get immortalised. Below follows a small selection of my favourites (we include short summaries here, with links back to the full biographies of these amazing women).

Noor Inayat Khan: The Spy Princess (1914-1944)

This British secret agent during World War II worked as the only radio operator in occupied Paris. She was one of the bravest women to have ever lived, working in a job where the average lifespan was just six weeks. She lasted almost 5 months, escaping the ghastly Gestapo numerous times. She died fighting, despite being a pacifist. (Read more)

Noor and Boudica

Boudica: the Headhunter Queen (20CE? – 60CE)

Everyone should know the historic British queen Boudica (or Boadicea), the original revenger.

At the height of its empire, Rome once seriously considered giving up its British colonies. Celtic queen of the Iceni tribe, Boudica, was the cause of this. Her impassioned and bloody quest for vengeance terrified the Romans and made her the original version of Uma Thurman’s The Bride. As ruler of her people, she killed 70,000 people, razed London and made herself a legend. (Read more)

Hester Stanhope: The Desert Queen (1776-1839)

Forget Lawrence of Arabia. 100 years before Larry, Lady Hester Stanhope left Britain to journey around the Middle East on her own. She adopted the local culture and made the area her home. Surviving shipwrecks and plagues, defying sultans and resisting Bedouin attacks, she carved a legacy for herself as a woman with whom you would not fuck. (Read More)

Hester and Julie

Julie d’Aubigny: Princess of the Opera (1670-1707)

La Maupin, AKA Julie d’Aubigny, was a swashbuckling, opera-singing bisexual celeb in 17th century France. She fought duels, seduced men and women alike, burned convents and robbed graves long before Lara Croft was thought up. She was often in so much trouble she twice had to be pardoned by the king of France. As you do. (Read more)

Want to read more? Obviously you do, so please, please, PLEASE go and visit rejectedprincesses.com.