In recognition of Disney’s Ultimate Princess Celebration, ELLE is turning the spotlight on real life heroines who share the values of courage and kindness, much like Disney's beloved princesses. The Modern Heroines series kicked off in August and now ELLE is celebrating two new trailblazers.

(Celeste Sloman, Makeda Sandford/ELLE)

(Celeste Sloman, Makeda Sandford/ELLE)

What’s Happening:

  • As part of the “Modern Heroines” campaign, ELLE and Disney are focusing on real-life heroes and heroines who embody the courage and kindness of the beloved Disney Princess characters.
  • Available now online and featured in the December 2021/January 2022 issue, ELLE is profiling two “Modern Heroine” who dream fearlessly and inspire future generations to reach for the stars.
  • This month ELLE’s Modern Heroines include:
    • Alyssa Carson (Jasmine): The Self-Assured Future Astronaut
    • Chai Vasarhelyi (Mulan): The Courageous Director
Alyssa Carson (Celeste Sloman/ELLE)

Alyssa Carson (Celeste Sloman/ELLE)

  • In the profile Carson talks about her ultimate dream—going to Mars—and how she is involved in various STEM projects where she encourages young girls to explore all of their passions.
Chai Vasarhelyi (Makeda Sandford/ELLE)

Chai Vasarhelyi (Makeda Sandford/ELLE)

  • National Geographic fans will recognize Vasarhelyi as the co-director of the documentaries Free Solo and The Rescue. She discusses the impact the films have had on her in the midst of our changing world.
  • In addition to Carson and Vasahelyi, ELLE has celebrated seven other Modern Heroines and will continue to launch new profiles monthly through April 2022. So stay tuned!

Modern Heroines on their Favorite Princesses:

  • Alyssa Carson on Jasmine: “For Halloween, I typically dressed up as Jasmine—I think I just liked her outfit the most. But I loved how they all had adventurous spirits and were pretty princesses at the same time.”
  • Chai Vasarhelyi on Mulan: “She’s not afraid to be who she wants to be, she’s not afraid to fight, and she’s very close to her family. Plus, she looks like us.”

Other Modern Heroines:

  • ELLE’s “Modern Heroines” series launched in August during World Princess Week with four women featured in the first group of heroines:
    • Eva Longoria (Jasmine): The Generous Multihyphenate
    • Misty Copeland (Belle): The Graceful Dancer
    • Amanda Nguyen (Mulan): The Brave Justice-Seeker
    • Padma Lakshmi (Tiana): The Tenacious Foodie
  • In September ELLE profiled two new heroines:
    • Naomi Osaka (Mulan): The Powerful Athlete
    • Josie Totah (Jasmine): The Spirited Trailblazer
  • For November the focus was on: