If you are interested in some inspiration about gender play in fairy tales, check out this discussion of the art work of Canadian artist Sakimichan.
By Derek Newman-Stille
Sakimichan is a Canadian artist who, among other things, creates beautiful gender-swopped fairy tale figures. We had a chance to meet briefly at Fan Expo Canada a few years ago. I had encountered her work before on Deviant Art and was impressed with her ability to challenge the firm gendered ideas of Fairy Tales produced by Disney.
Sakimichan challenges gendered boundaries and produces new ideas by swopping the genders of different characters.
This gender swopped Maleficent features the classic Maleficent horns and triangular collar from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty creation but this male Maleficent combines armour into his outfit.
He has a vampiric quality to his appearance with pointed canine teeth, pointed ears and yellow eyes. He has a tattered cloak and a kinky quality to his look with studded wrist bands and a studded collar and belt.
Sakimichan provides a classic “booby window” that is often…
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