Artist depicts Disney princesses as breast cancer survivors

Artist depicts Disney princesses as breast cancer survivors
The Little Mermaid (left) and Snow White are shown with mastectomy scars in Alexsandro Palombo's latest project.

What would Disney's princesses look like if they had breast cancer?

That's the question contemporary Italian artist and activist Alexsandro Palombo sought to answer when he re-imagined favourite childhood characters like the Little Mermaid, Snow White and Cinderella, among others, as breast cancer survivors.

The popular characters, which include Marge Simpson and Jessica Rabbit, are shown topless, revealing either single or double mastectomy scars.

The series, entitled "Survivor", is a "powerful reflection on the disease, mastectomy and its effects," said a statement from Mr Palombo's representative.

It also touches on the issue of female identity and acceptance.

Famous for his irreverent, colourful and satirical art, Mr Palombo's latest work comes just in time to mark the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This is not the first time the artist has used well-known characters to spread awareness on important issues.

Last year, an illustrated series "What kind of a man are you?" used characters like Popeye and Olive, Superman and Superwoman to highlight the horrors of domestic violence, while another project this year depicted the Disney princesses as being physically disabled.

Mr Palombo was also responsible for "Simpson-ising" Hollywood actor George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin's wedding earlier this month.

candicec@sph.com.sg

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