Time for another Disney gender swap! This time: Snow White and Prince Charming! In true full-swap fashion, I’ll be switching the genders of all characters in the story, so this ought to be interesting.
Once upon a time, there was a kingdom ruled by a vain and narcissistic king who used to spend every day getting fashion advice from his magic mirror. He was jealous of his stepson, who was growing more and more handsome with each passing day, so the king dressed the young prince Snow White in rags and made him work in the castle. Snow White had skin white as snow and lips red as the rose. He looks something like this:
One day when cleaning, a princess, Princess Charming, came along and saw Snow White and fell instantly in love with the handsome lad. She sings him a love song and looks something like this:
Unfortunately, the king sees this interaction and sends his huntswoman with Snow White into the forest to kill him and bring back his heart. Fortunately, the huntswoman has mercy on Snow White and warns him to flee into the forest and away from the king. He comes across a bunch of kindly animal friends, which he also decides to sing to, because that’s what princes do apparently. The animals take her to a small cottage in the forest that is home to a very messy sorority full of dwarfs. [[It’s funny when the dwarfs are men that they’re dirty slobs who don’t know how to wash their hands or pick up after themselves, but would they still be portrayed the same way if the dwarfs were women? Though there has been a recent trend in recent years to make the Disney princesses less perfect and more “real”, showing them with messy hair and snoring and things like that, I don’t think Disney would be okay with showing seven female dwarfs who are total slobs. Even though there are a lot of girls who are messy, myself included.]]
Anyway, the young prince decides he can’t deal with the mess and starts going crazy cleaning the home of seven total strangers. It’s the weirdest home invasion story ever reported on. Meanwhile, the seven dwarfs, who spend their days working in a diamond mine, come home from double shifts to find a strange man in their house. Instead of calling local law enforcement about the break-in, the women decide they have safety in numbers and approach the stranger asleep in their beds. They decide to hire him as a live-in cook and maid.
Meanwhile, the king finds out that Snow White is still alive and turns himself into an old geezer in order to kill Snow White. It’s not like he has a kingdom to run or anything… [[Seriously, I hope the queen has minions working on the day-to-day ruling, because she spends an awful lot of time obsessing over looks and about killing Snow White. We don’t actually see her do anything queen-like in the movie. Granted, you really don’t see that in most Disney movies, either, except for arranging marriages every so often.]]
After a night of partying (because that’s what a sorority girls do, right?) Snow White opens up about his princess. He dreams that one day she’ll come and rescue him from his situation. The next day when the dwarfs leave for work, they warn him not to let anyone into the house. However, he decides that he knows best and lets in an old man selling apples. The animals see this and run to fetch the dwarfs to help, but they come too late. Snow White has eaten the apple and has fallen into an eternal sleep.
The dwarf girls chase a random old man [[Seriously, they don’t know it’s actually the queen, or that Snow White has been cursed. They just had animals freaking out, trying to tell them to go back home, and then find an old lady standing there and chase her down. Maybe the old lady was walking by and heard the screams as the queen was attacking Snow White, and they just chased her down like an animal. Weird.]]. The king gets his comeuppance as he tries to commit mass murder by squashing them with a boulder as an improbable bolt of lightning cracks the rock beneath his feet and sends the king plunging to his death.
Feeling that he’s just too much of a hunk to bury, they put Snow White into a glass coffin so that everyone might ogle him. The princess, who we haven’t seen since those first twenty seconds of the movie, returns to give her love one last kiss. The kiss wakes him up, and Princess Charming promptly picks him up, puts him on her horse and takes him away before they even have a conversation about the fact that he is surrounded by dwarf women in a glass coffin.
Bonus: Before and after pics!
Artist’s notes: I tried to make Snow White’s iconic outfit into a doublet and pants for the prince version. Leaving them as-is made him look too girly. Well, so does the doublet with puffy sleeves, but that was a legitimate style back in Shakespeare’s time. FYI, yellow is not a good color for pants. I picked the reclining pose mostly so you can see that he’s wearing pants, but also just to emphasize just how ridiculous it is. You might have noticed that most of my gender swaps have the girl-turned-guy in this position. Well, it might not happen as often if Disney didn’t keep insisting on putting women in this pose. I am a woman, and the only time I’ve ever been in this pose is when doing yoga. It’s just not very comfortable. We don’t do our dreaming in cobra pose. We can do it sitting just as well.
As for Snow White as the prince, I rather like her outfit. It’s still got the tunic in front, which I decided to keep because it looked really good with the belt and knife combination. The sleeves are not as puffy to give the illusion that her arms aren’t as beefy as the prince’s.
Obligatory Copyright Notice: All characters and original images are owned by Disney. The alterations are mine. This is a work of fan art. No copyright infringement is intended.