Disney Princesses are a beloved brand that has flourished since Snow White debuted in 1937. However, for (almost) every Disney Princess, there is a prince who rarely gets his time in the sun. Well, one cosplayer decided to shine a light on the rarely celebrated men of beloved Disney properties — and he looked damn good doing it.
Cosplayer Jonathon Stryker’s Instagram page is filled with pictures of him posing as different classic cartoon, anime and superhero characters. In August, Stryker decided to tackle the challenge of cosplaying as a different Disney Prince for a whole week, which he kicked off with one of the most famous characters, #Aladdin.
Along with the picture of Stryker's excellent Disney Prince cosplay, he also gives a brief description regarding his relationship with each character. For Aladdin, he comments that the film was one of the first movies that he ever saw as a child, and even jotted down one of the songs in Spanish.
The next Disney Prince of Stryker decided to tackle was Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid, and he looks incredible. It’s worth noting that Stryker makes all his #cosplay costumes by hand and has been doing it for over 10 years — and it appears the experience has paid off.
While his next cosplay isn't exactly a Disney Prince per se, he is an Emperor (and former llama), which makes him a perfect addition to Stryker’s Disney week. Stryker commented on the time it took to complete his fabulous Emperor Kuzco costume — and unlike his two previous costumes, this one had several props that he had to create from scratch.
It seems like a stretch to try to make Milo from Atlantis: The Lost Empire sexy; however, Stryker proved that it’s not only possible, it was necessary. While Atlantis might not be the most beloved Disney property, Stryker is shedding light on some of the films that inspired him as a child, which is something almost anyone can relate to.
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your… OMG it’s Flynn Rider! Mr. Jonathon Stryker has outdone himself yet again with his wonderful cosplay of his self-professed Disney crush, Flynn Rider. While Tangled may not be considered in the same ballpark as other Disney classics, it certainly brought Disney’s hunky prince game to a whole new level.
For those of you who might not have thought Stryker wasn’t bringing the sexy with his other cosplays, feast your eyes on Tarzan, King of the Jungle. In an interview with Buzzfeed, Stryker commented on why he decided to put a sexy spin on the Disney Princes, which is certainly made clear by his Tarzan cosplay:
“I love to promote body positivity. I used to be a chubby kid growing up, that’s why I like to promote that.”
We’ve seen many celebrities like Jenna Dewan Tatum, Demi Lovato and Ariel Winter promoting body positivity, but for males, it can be hard to find examples of role models standing up for the cause. While each one of Stryker’s cosplays are impressive, the example he is setting is admirable.
For his Hercules cosplay, Stryker told a heartwarming story about his childhood and how the film helped him have confidence in the face of bullying:
“Something I really loved about Hercules was the scene when Zeus tells Hercules that he has the chin of a God. In middle school, this kid would make fun of my big chin. I became very insecure about it for much of my life. Thanks to Hercules, I now see it differently: I have the chin of the Gods!”
Stryker’s Disney week ended on a high note, as he adorned the costume of the most beloved Disney Prince, Simba. In the text of the Instagram post, Stryker decided to drive home what The Lion King meant to him as a child, as well as reaffirming his stance on self-confidence and body positivity:
“The symbol of the lion is so big to me. It is a symbol of confidence and empowerment. The lion is sure of itself, it knows it's the king without having to compare itself with anything else.”
Over the years, several different cosplayers have used Disney characters to promote positive messages, like breaking gender norms, encouraging family unity and female empowerment. Jonathon Stryker’s cosplay and the message it carries is a wonderful addition to an impressive legacy of cosplayers and we can’t wait to see what he tackles next.
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