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Model Celebrates Her Indian Heritage With Her Own Take On The Classic Disney Princesses

Kasia M 17 Jun 2019

Oftentimes, little girls dream of one day becoming a Disney princess. Unfortunately, it seems that most Disney princesses are predominantly white. So when you're a little girl with a different heritage it might be hard to relate.

This is why Hamel Patel, a model from North Carolina, wanted to celebrate her Indian heritage by recreating Disney princess' looks with a unique classic Indian style. And the results are gorgeous.

This is Hamel Patel.

Instagram | @hamelpatel_

Hamel is a model and influencer with over 89k followers on Instagram who's known for celebrating her Desi heritage through her work. She's also a huge Disney lover.

Obviously. Who isn't?

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She's even tried for the classic Disney eyes.

Instagram | @hamelpatel_

Okay, this was actually her look for the super popular Bratz Challenge, where beauty and makeup influencers tried to recreate a look like a Bratz doll. But it does look like the eyes of a Disney princess too!

Hamel has done more than imitate their eyes. She's created her own Indian inspired takes on the princesses we all know and love!

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1. Cinderella

Cinderella is a beloved Disney story which revolves around a young, sweet, and gentle orphan girl with a wicked stepmother and two even more cruel step-sisters.

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Hamel Patel's version keeps true to the gentleness and sweetness of the Disney character but she wanted to give it that special Desi charm with bright colors and gorgeous makeup.

Amazing!

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2. Snow White

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This story of a young girl becoming the prettiest girl in the world and the envy of an evil Queen has captured the hearts of many.

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Hamel captures the essence of Snow White perfectly with her clever use of colorful makeup and jewelry, staying true to the famous color palette of blue, red and yellow.

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3. Belle

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Belle is a girl who is willing to sacrifice her own freedom and happiness to help her father. She ends up falling in love unexpectedly with a beast.

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Here Hamel has displayed Belle's iconic yellow dress together with her own take on elaborate gold accents of beautiful jewelry, gorgeous pops of red lips and the famous red rose.

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4. Ariel

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Ariel from The Little Mermaid has been captivating little girls with her kindness to others and her fascination with the human world.

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I love Hamel's take on the look of Ariel.

She keeps her locks flowing and sticks to colors that are reminiscent of the deep depths of the ocean. Simply stunning.

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5. Princess Jasmine

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This feisty Disney character from Aladdin is determined to live her life on her own terms and is a great role model for all the little girls.

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Hamel elevates Jasmine's look to a whole new world with authentic Indian makeup.

The intricate style of Indian jewelry, the detailed makeup, and the stunning outfit, really shine here.

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6. Pocahontas

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Pocahontas longs to stay as free-spirited as she can be and doesn't want to settle for the life chosen for her by her family. She's strong and fearless.

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Hamel's vision of Pocahontas stays true to her simple yet strong image.

By keeping her accessories such as jewelry very minimal yet showcasing bold makeup she evokes strength and femininity.

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7. Sleeping Beauty

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Even with a curse cast on her by the evil fairy Maleficent, Aurora remains as enchanting as ever. Only a kiss from a beloved can change her fate forever.

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Hamel's version of Aurora evokes romantic vibes and sweet dreams of fairytale endings.

Her beautifully crafted makeup and regal jewelry with pretty pink hues is the look of magic.

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8. Mulan

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Mulan broke the mold for Disney princesses by... not being a princess! She kicks butt as a warrior and refuses to let anything stop her from doing what she knows is right.

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Hamel's take on Mulan retains all that badass energy.

The glowing sword is a really nice touch, in my opinion. This is one princess I definitely do not want to mess with.

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Disney or not, Hamel is obviously a real princess.

Instagram | @hamelpatel_

She clearly has a lot of passion and love for what she does, and for Disney princesses. What did you think of her takes on the classics? What other ways would you like to see the Disney girls re-imagined as?

I for one am holding out for Disney princesses as Olympic Athletes.

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