Sarah Ingle has taken Disney princess impersonations to an entirely new level. The 25-year-old from Denver, Colorado, has spent more than $14,000 on custom-made costumes for the nine princesses she transforms herself into: Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, Rapunzel, Merida from Brave, and Elsa and Anna from Frozen.
Sarah, who works as a marketing manager during the day, owns 17 different outfits and 16 different wigs for her princess transformations, which take three hours each to achieve.
“It takes a lot of time to get into the outfits because they have lots of layers that tie up at the back,” Sarah told Hotspot Media. “Then I have a different wig and makeup look for each princess. I have to contour my face when I play Aurora from Sleeping Beauty because my face is much rounder than hers. And as I have hazel eyes, I have to wear blue contact lenses for the Little Mermaid and Elsa from Frozen.”
Regarding her intricate outfits, Sarah says:
“Each dress can take up to six months to make and I source many different materials from all over the world, including silk and organza before drawing my final designs. I’m very fortunate to have a full time job that pays for the beautiful dresses and material because I’m so passionate about looking the best that I can for the performances.”
The impersonator also naturally has Disney princess-like features, which helps her pull off each look.
“I was born with really big eyes, and people were always telling me that I looked like a cartoon doll or Disney princess. I suppose that my big eyes just help me to appear more cartoon-like, which is great for what I do.”
Sarah’s gotten so good at her transformations that she and her boyfriend started a business called Princess Ever After, where people can hire princesses for their events (her boyfriend occasionally accompanies her as a prince). She charges about $145 to make a princess appearance at birthday parties and events, but she also visits children at hospitals and volunteers (in costume, of course) as well.
“I’ll never forget the day that I was asked to perform for a little girl who was celebrating the beginning of a break from her cancer treatments,” she says. “Seeing her face light up as she sang along with me was just incredible and it was just the most amazing day.”
Though Sarah has already made a career of dressing like princesses, she says her goal is still one day to be a “real” one. “It would certainly be a dream to be a real Disney princess – I’d love to be Ariel. Maybe one day I can go for an audition and they’ll give me my dream job.”