Her series, Magic Has No Size, presents her take on the traditional standards of size presented in Disney tales. Growing up a fan of Disney, it was a natural project for her to take on. These princesses have influenced young girls for more than 75 years, yet they've always represented a certain size. Norwood wanted to change that.
"I'm a huge Disney fan, and I've always wanted to be a princess," Norwood tells MORE. "I've wanted to draw them for a while, but I was just afraid to recreate them in my style because they are so beloved."
A recent study found that 67 percent of women in the United States are a size 14 or higher, yet they make up less than 2 percent of the images we see in the media. So, Norwood wanted to do her part in changing that by using some of the most nostalgic childhood icons.
She took the idea further by dressing them in styles that cater to the plus-size community. Norwood tells MORE that Snow White is sporting a rad AF Lane Bryant-inspired bomber jacket and Society+-inspired cage top. Ariel's dress was inspired by a Courtney Noelle dress. It all took time to design and perfect, but the end product is a series as beautiful as it is inspiring.
"It took a lot of research to find clothing I felt would suit each girl and still pay homage to their traditional dresses. I actually designed Cinderella's and Tiana's looks myself," she tells MORE. (Seriously, she could be the next big fashion designer.)
The message of hope she wants to share extends past the princesses. Glamour is for any size, sexuality or color, and that's a message we can get behind.
"I believe glam has nothing to do with size and everyone one has the right to it," Norwood tells MORE. "I want people to see themselves in the 'dream.' So often the media tries to paint this picture, that in order to achieve true happiness you must follow the 'standards.' I want people to know that no matter who you are, your size, race, or gender you have a right to your 'happily ever after.' You are magic."
Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Tiana, The Princess And The Frog
Belle, Beauty And The Beast
Aurora, Sleeping Beauty
Ariel, The Little Mermaid
And let's be real: These princesses are killing it. Head over to Norwood's website to see more of her incredible work.
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