See OITNB Characters As Disney Princesses

Illustrated by Yehyon Chung.
Perhaps one reason that Disney stories resonate so heavily is because all the stories are so relatable. Alice in Wonderland perfectly captures the fear and surprise that kid can feel when they're lost or in new places. Elsa from Frozen was the story of a woman finally embracing her true self — and finding her power while at it.

So, it was actually pretty easy to place Orange Is The New Black characters within Disney stories. Piper Chapman, with her "I'm lost" predicament in the first seasons, is a total Alice. Sophia (Laverne Cox), with her confidence-boosting transition, could be Elsa in Frozen. Here, we've commissioned one illustrator to depict our favorite OITNB characters as their corresponding Disney princesses in realistic portraits.

"My main goal was to seamlessly combine the two characters while not having one overshadow the other," illustrator Yehyon Chung says. "I tried to maintain the sharp and edgy tone from Orange Is The New Black, while accentuating the Disney characteristics with vibrant colors."

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Illustrated by Yehyon Chung.
Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling)
as Alice from Alice In Wonderland

Just like Alice, Piper accidentally wanders into a world that she has had no experience with — and has no idea what to expect. Unlike Alice, though, Piper slowly learns the system — and realizes it's not all about her.
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Illustrated by Yehyon Chung.
Alex Vause (Laura Prepon)
as The White Rabbit from Alice In Wonderland

Alex is perhaps Piper's first contact within the prison world — she is, after all, the one who named Piper in her testimony. Like a White Rabbit would, Alex brings Piper deeper into the world and guides her through it, for better or for worse.
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Illustrated by Yehyon Chung.
Nicky Nichols (Natasha Lyonne)
as Merida from Brave

Nicky's backstory is rumored to be a major plot point of season 3, but what we know of her past places her directly in the family in Brave. Born into an affluent family, Nicky got hooked on heroin and was hardly what the privileged would call "ladylike." Yet, she's one who drops all the totally quotable tidbits of wisdom and the one you want on your side.
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Illustrated by Yehyon Chung.
Galina "Red" Reznikov (Kate Mulgrew)
as Tiana from Princess & The Frog

Red, the former kitchen head, is one of the most resourceful characters in the show. And, her backstory is so much like Tiana's that it's unbelievable: Worked in a restaurant with big dreams? Check. Had to befriend people, mainly beautiful women who don't understand her? Check. Doesn't actually need her frog to live her life? Check.
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Illustrated by Yehyon Chung.
Gloria Mendoza (Selenis Leyva)
as Megara in Hercules

Don't know much about the female heroine of Hercules? Here's a little primer. She's super fierce with the ability to handle herself just fine, thank you very much. If Megara ended up in Litchfield, she would be a total Gloria. Her one downfall? Being so loyal to her boyfriend that she gives up her soul — sounds a bit like Gloria's problems with her violent husband, Arturo.
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Illustrated by Yehyon Chung.
Tiffany "Pennsatucky" Doggett (Taryn Manning)
as Prince John from Robin Hood

Pennsatucky hasn't been the most inspiring character on the show, partially because her beliefs and attempts to forcefully spread them are fairly misguided. Devout and intolerant, Doggett is a caricature of a low-class drug addict, while Prince John is a caricature of a clueless, greedy leader. Sure, there's a difference socially — but their misguided attempts to succeed are one and the same.
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Illustrated by Yehyon Chung.
Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox)
as Elsa from Frozen

Sophia's story — a former firefighter who stole credit cards to help finance her transition — is, at heart, a story about a woman struggling to be who she really is, regardless of the prejudices thrown her way. The struggles of both Sophia and Elsa's storylines are parallel, and let's face it, Sophia would totally rock Elsa's ice queen gown.

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