Mady Pursley, a SoCal cosplayer, reimagined a popular Disney princess, Cinderella, to inspire others with disabilities.
Pursely was born without her right forearm and instead of wearing Cinderella's famous glass slipper, she wore a glass prosthetic arm!
She was inspired to do this photo shoot years ago because she felt she couldn't ever identify with classic Disney princesses since none of them had physical disabilities.
On Facebook she wrote “When I was growing up with a physical difference, I never saw girls like myself represented in the media, so it took me a long time to realize that what makes us different can also be the thing that makes us strong, beautiful, and unapologetically unique.”
Her 8-year-old daughter read about Cinderella at school and Pursley wanted to show her daughter you don't have to be physically perfect to be a princess.
So, Pursley used her graphic design skills to create her very own Cinderella gown along with a Prince Charming uniform for her husband, Ryan Pursley!
She said “What do you do when you can’t find a princess like you? You make up your own! I spent countless hours sewing Cinderella’s ballgown and her Prince’s uniform. This whole project was done with a lot of love.”
“This costume is dedicated to all the little girls learning to navigate the world with their ‘lucky fins’ or other challenges,” she wrote on Facebook. “I hope you know you are beautiful, and that you are UNSTOPPABLE! Write your own story, and be your own kind of princess.”
Wow. You are so inspiring Mady! We love this so much.
Check out her incredible photos below!