Mom Turns Princesses Into 'Super Strong' Role Models In Coloring Book (Photos)


Little girls only have a few good role models to look up to, aside from their mothers.

Fairytale princess stories, damsels in distress, big-chested Barbie dolls and cartoons that portray women as lesser than men constantly surround them.

Cartoonist and mother Linnéa Johansson aims to change that.

The artist recently created a badass coloring book called “Super Strong Princess.” The images depict Disney princesses (and other popular female characters) as strong, independent and self-sufficient women.

Johansson was inspired to make the coloring book when she shared a cartoon she drew of a princess switching outfits with a superhero to a group of 5-year-olds. She wanted to convey the harmful nature of gender stereotypes, but the children were already conditioned to think otherwise.

Johansson admits,

In the coloring book, characters including Snow White and Elsa are portrayed as scientists, athletes and decision makers -- roles associated with strength.

But, the book isn't just for girls.

She says,

The full coloring book is available for (free!) download on Johansson's website, but you can check out a few of her powerful cartoons below.

Lesson: You don't need a man to "save you."

Lesson: You can be anything you want to be.

Lesson: You don't have to adhere to society's beauty standards.

Lesson: You're free to be whoever you want to be.

Lesson: Being strong doesn't make you evil.


Lesson: Women can play sports (and kick ass).

Lesson: Being smart is more important than being beautiful.

Lesson: Your voice deserves to be heard.

Lesson: If it hurts, don't wear it.

Citations: Super Strong Princesses Coloring Book Shows Little Girls How High They Can Aim (The Huffington Post)