Most people probably have a favorite Disney princess, but no matter how much of a Disney fangirl you are, chances are, Sarah Ingle has you beat. The 25-year-old marketing manager from Denver, Colorado, has taken it to a whole new level, having spent over $14,000 to create her elaborate, custom-made Disney princess costumes. Thus far, she's transformed herself into Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, Aurora, Rapunzel, Merida, Elsa, and Anna, and the results are pretty darn impressive.
"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," she said in an interview with Hotspot Media.
Still, the transformation is far from easy. She has 17 different outfits and 16 wigs in her princess arsenal, and the entire process takes about 3 hours - and that's not even factoring the work she puts in designing and creating the dresses.
"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," she said.
It wasn't long before Ingle found a way to make money from her passion. She soon launched Princess Ever After, a princess-for-hire business where interested parties can hire Elsa or Cinderella to make an appearance at their event. And in the true spirit of being a princess, Ingle also visits children's hospitals, free of charge.
"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 recounted. "Seeing her face light up as she sang along with me was just incredible and it was just the most amazing day."
Best. Job. Ever.