Creating Jasmine (stuff they don’t tell you)
So I recently discovered that Princess Jasmine is considered “unique” because she wasn’t based on any celebrity. Apparently Mark Henn, who did her character design was “dissatisfied” by the “exotic” (not my words) models he looked to for inspiration and so he based Jasmine on his sister, who is the woman in the picture above. It’s no wonder Jasmine has continued to be whitewashed by Disney really, when the original character design was based on a white woman, because, I guess, actual Arab women weren’t seen as good enough for Mark Henn to base his Disney Princess on.Obviously, Disney writers decided to change this personality flaw along with her name to something more ‘relatable’. It turns out Jasmine was their first choice as it was among the most popular girl names in the early 90’s largely due to actress Jasmine Guy. Although some early sketches were based from some of her features, her look came off as too severe.
(I’ve added a click-through link on the picture to the article where I found this information. I don’t know if you’d heard this before, but I thought you and your followers might want to know a little bit more about just how messed up Disney character design really is)
I did some snooping around online and I found out that Tom Cruise was the inspiration for Aladdin himself as well.