Disney Princesses Are Their Own Heroes in This Empowering Photo Series

Loving yourself is the best fairytale ending of all.

As much as we love Disney movies, we can't help but roll our eyes at the "damsel in distress" storyline that dominates almost every film, particularly the one in which one of these princesses is rescued by "true love's kiss." (Because everyone finds their soulmate before they even speak to them, right.) 

This outdated plotline is the exact reason artist Saint Hoax (who has previously used Disney princesses to highlight issues like eating disorders and sexual abuse) decided to create a photo series in which the prince is, quite literally, taken out of the picture, replaced by princesses who are saved by their very own mirror image.

"I have waited too long to be saved, felt like a book left on a shelf. But why wait to be saved, when I can simply save myself," the artist's website poetically reads.

The "Save Yourself" series is all about realizing that you really are enough for you. It's "a celebration of the independent, self-sufficient kind of love. The kind of love that you don't wait to receive from someone else," Hoax told The Huffington Post.

And it's no coincidence that Hoax timed the release of these photos with Valentine's Day. "I know for a fact that some single people feel left out," he said. "It's not a 'pity' project, having someone to love is not an achievement. This is more of a 'If you don't love you, no one else will' kind of thing."

Photo credit: Saint Hoax/Instagram.

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