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Belle of the Backyard by sadwonderland Belle of the Backyard by sadwonderland
My new Belle wig for work! I bought it at Cedar Beauty Supply in Philly and styled it old Belle wig was lousy, so I needed a new one. Thanks to Erika for snapping this quick pic of me in our yard after I came home from work.

For those who don't know, I work as a princess character for a party company. I play many princesses and make my own costumes and wigs for them. This is my "Rose Beauty" (knock-off Belle) character costume. We're not associated with Disney, so we use generic names for our princesses. You can read more about my job in my princess blog here:
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AntagonisticSpazz Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're absolutely gorgeous. :la:
Sinful-Suffering Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your costumes are always wonderful! I'm guessing your back is feeling better?
HappyHappySunnyChan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
It's beautiful! Thankyou for helping those kids , I'm sure it means a lot to the kids
APC03 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
you look beautiful!
iNSPIREDHANDSandFeeT Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
i want it!!!
AllyCat1369 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very cool & u look absolutely beautiful ^^
Rama-Olendris Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this a lace-front? It's very nice, wonderful Belle wig! Also a very well done Belle in general!
momerath74 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the wig really brings the costume together and you look stunning! Having read your Princess for Hire blog, my hat's off to you for the amazing job you do too. :) Keep up the good work!
Beollain Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I;ve always love dyour dresses, but this wig really tops it off, it looks great!
TransparentDream Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I know there are a lot of companies like this (most don't even use knock-off names) out there, and I know Disney doesn't license the characters out for parties around the country so people resort to it, but as a Cast Member this just makes me really sad for character integrity. Your dress is beautiful, and from what I've seen of you here on DA, I'm sure you do a fabulous job with "Rose Beauty," but I think there are many out there that probably don't, and I wish there were more that we could do to control it.

It's all fun and games until someone really screws it up, you know? I'd rather see generic princesses that don't remotely resemble those from the Disney brand. Knock-off name or not, people know this is supposed to be Belle. I know that's not what the kids want -- kids want Belle, not rando-princess -- but still. Sigh.
sadwonderland Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
I can't speak for other companies, but can only say that we try hard to be the best we can be and to fill niches that Disney can't. We're the people that the Make-A-Wish Foundation contacts when a sick child wants to meet a princess. Not Disney, us. Although Disney does a fine job flying some kids out to their parks for Make-A-Wish trips, not everyone gets that opportunity, and some children are simply too sick to leave their hospital beds, and Disney apparently doesn't yet have any system in place for regular countrywide hospital visits. There are also parents whose children are very sick, but still don't get onto the tight list that is Make-A-Wish. Some parents have disabled children who simply can't travel well and can only have their parties and visits at home.

My company does charity visits for free and includes all the bells and whistles (like dozens of handmade gift bags, decorations, custom crafts, etc), and every single princess volunteers for each party, so that a child who requests just one princess will always get far more than she asked for. Every girl volunteers her free time to set up the parties, entertain and visit and stick around to visit other kids in the hospital, all out of our own pockets. One of my company's greatest success stories was with a 3 yr old girl who had terminal cancer and had been given 3 months to live. Last year, she wanted to meet Cinderella for her birthday. Instead, she got EVERY princess, Cindy included, plus a huge party. We just learned in January that her cancer went into remission and she was released from the hospital. One of the nurses told her parents that the girl's spirits had really lifted after the party and she'd never been so happy. Obviously, a princess party doesn't cure cancer, but the nurse firmly believed that it helped cheer the girl up to a tremendous extent and may have aided in her recovery in some small way.

We also play a special role in bringing magic to children who will never be able to afford to visit Disney theme parks, but love the princesses all the same. They deserve to meet their favorite princess just as much as someone whose parents can afford the thousand or so dollars in airfare, hotel, tickets, etc. to see Disneyworld. There are poor families who have little girls that would die to meet the real Rapunzel or Belle, but it's too far out of the family budget. But a hundred bucks for a princess visit is a lot more affordable and means just as much to those children. If you could see how ecstatic those kids are when I arrive, how much the visit means to them and how happy the parents are to see their kid's dream come true, you'd understand why I do this job for so little money. I've seen lower-income parents cry at seeing their kid so incredibly happy that a princess has come to visit them on their special day. It means the world to them and it's a service no one else provides.

So yes, some companies may not be the best or have the nicest costumes. But for all the joy we bring to kids, I think it's worth it. Our jobs aren't easy. We get jumped on by dogs, covered in cake, lost in neighborhoods while driving to parties in full regalia, stiffed on tips, we scrub our costumes clean by hand at the end of the day and we get snubbed regularly by real cast members. You're not the first cast member to tell me kindly that I look fine, but I'm doing the "brand integrity" a disservice. Maybe I am, but I'm also doing a lot of disabled and lower-income kids a major service, because they love Disney movies just as much as any other kid, and they lack the opportunity to go see you in person. Someone has to be there for them too.
xGemxofxGeminix Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The costume and hair is spot on! Wouldn't expect any less from you! :D
xXDarkPrincessGirlXx Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the dress! :D And you look so beautiful :love:
MommaCabbit Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
wow that wig is perfect!idk the way it swoops up in the front is juuust right.
mahoujirou Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful! :la: nice costume! you always make the best!
AlmightySponge Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
You look beautiful!!
freelance-kitty Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
You make a beautiful Belle! Even if it's not "technically" her ;P
VanillatheNeko Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fffffffffffffffffffffff--Y U look so GEORGOUS A LOT DX!!!???
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