For many young girls, their ultimate dream is to grow up and become a Disney princess, like their heroes Snow White, Ariel or Cinderella. However, very soon, reality sets in and they realise that their fantasy must remain fiction, as they get on with their everyday lives. Nonetheless, they’ll always have that little part of them that is desperate to one day dress up in a stunning dress, meet the man of their dreams, and control wildlife with the sound of their voice.
One woman who refused to let go of her dream was Sarah Ingle from Denver, Colorado. The 25-five-year old beauty has spent more than $14,000 on custom-made costumes so she could transform herself into her favourite Disney princesses.
By day, Ingle works as a marketing manager, but by night, she can spend up to three hours transforming herself into Ariel, Anna, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Elsa, Merida, Rapunzel and Snow White – and I have to admit, the end results are breath-taking.
Sarah now owns 17 different outfits, and 16 different wigs, speaking to Hotspot Media, she revealed how the makeovers are much more complicated than they look;
“It takes a lot of time to get into the outfits because they have lots of layers that tie up at the back. Then I have a different wig and makeup look for each princess. I have to contour my face when I play Aurora from Sleeping Beauty because my face is much rounder than hers. And as I have hazel eyes, I have to wear blue contact lenses for the Little Mermaid and Elsa from Frozen.”
And these outfits aren’t the off-the-rack costumes that you’d expect to find in your local fancy dress store, as Ingle explains;
“Each dress can take up to six months to make and I source many different materials from all over the world, including silk and organza before drawing my final designs. I’m very fortunate to have a full time job that pays for the beautiful dresses and material because I’m so passionate about looking the best that I can for the performances.”
As you can see from Sarah’s “before” photo, she is fortunate enough to have been born with the striking and stunning facial features that many Disney princesses possess, which she believes has always helped her achieve her looks;
“I was born with really big eyes, and people were always telling me that I looked like a cartoon doll or Disney princess. I suppose that my big eyes just help me to appear more cartoon-like, which is great for what I do.”
Sarah’s incredible transformations has now allowed her to start her own business called Princess Ever After, along with her boyfriend – who will sometimes accompany her as a Disney prince.
The couple charge approximately $145 for each princess appearance, and have already had many successful gigs at birthday parties and other events.
But, like many Disney princesses, she also uses her powers for good, and will often volunteer to visit children in hospitals;
“I’ll never forget the day that I was asked to perform for a little girl who was celebrating the beginning of a break from her cancer treatments. Seeing her face light up as she sang along with me was just incredible and it was just the most amazing day.”
So, although Sarah is extremely successful at what she does, what do you think is her ultimate dream? Well;
“It would certainly be a dream to be a real Disney princess — I’d love to be Ariel. Maybe one day I can go for an audition and they’ll give me my dream job.”
And I’m sure one day Sarah and her boyfriend will eventually be able to ride off into the sunset and go and live at the Magic Kingdom.