Disney characters get a Gen Z makeover on TikTok
The vibrations are impeccable.
Lexis Vanhecke is a 23-year-old artist from Ohio who recently received a BFA in Drawing and Painting. She has also gained over a million followers and millions of views on TikTok for her modern and avant-garde Disney character makeovers.
Here’s a bold take on Wendy:
And a tattooed version of Tarzan that makes me:
And a tall gothic Ariel:
BuzzFeed spoke to Lexis, who said that while she was passionate about art her entire life, making Disney characters on TikTok was kind of a happy accident. âI downloaded TikTok in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, as many young people did to pass the time, and tried for a while to post my art without success. These posts were my portraits. 10-hour pencil or even more time-consuming oil paints, but people didn’t seem interested. “
âOne day I was playing on my mom’s iPad with a digital drawing app called Procreate, and I thought it was so much fun. I remembered seeing a cute rendition of a [Disney] character on Instagram earlier this week. It was the only one I had ever seen, but I liked the idea. I tried it with my own twist, Belle as a pissed off girl, and posted it. I didn’t expect something to come if it does, but BOOM! Nine million views. “
Lexis also told BuzzFeed: âMy sharper versions tend to have ‘Gen Z’ vibes, but the fun thing about the Gen Z is that there is such a wide range of what is considered like âtrendy.â Soft pastel dress with light makeup, or crazy winged eyeliner with tattoos and piercings? Both trendy! â
Lexis draws inspiration for its designs from current fashion trends, Pinterest and, most importantly, its followers. âUsually I take a commentator’s suggestion and then make my own interpretation of it. My page becomes less ‘quite nervous’ and more ‘whatever people want to see’. It allows me to be more creative and have more space to do different styles. “
And, while she receives a ton of love for her amazing designs, Lexis told BuzzFeed that she also receives her fair share of (unwarranted) negativity. âI think some people see Disney characters as sacred, as a portrayal of their own childhood, and get angry when it’s messed up. But I don’t see it that way. I love the original Disney movies just as much. after seeing them look. differently. “
“I’m just trying to pay attention to the overwhelming amount of nice things people have to say, and my followers eagerly awaiting my new videos!”
To see more of Lexis’ awesome creations, you can follow her on TikTok and Instagram.
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