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This man's amazing Disney Princess transformations are going super viral on Instagram

Cartoons come to life.

THIS IS RICHARD Schaefer, a 21-year-old fashion design student from California.

Baby, I could build a castle out of all the bricks they threw at me Source: Instagram/theofficialariel

He works as a freelance makeup artist but in his spare time, he cosplays as Disney Princesses, designing most of the costumes himself.

He posts his transformations on Instagram, where they recently went viral – and that’s because the hair, makeup and outfits are spot on.

Schaefer’s favourite is Ariel, AKA The Little Mermaid:

It's Friday! Have a great weekend, humans ☺️💙🐠💙

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But he also does a mean Belle and Rapunzel:

#squad ✨☕️🕯

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What is it like out there where they glow? ✨✨✨✨✨✨

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And an absolutely perfect Snow White:

One song, my heart keeps singing ❤️🍎❤️

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He doesn’t shy away from the baddies either – here are his takes on Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid villain Ursula:

I must say, I really felt quite distressed at not receiving an invitation 💚😈💚

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*steals man and voice* 💜😈💜

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Stunning!

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said he has a collection of 40 costumes and 30 wigs, and spends up to two hours on each transformation:

I think it’s a real compliment when people think I’m a female cosplayer because it means my transformations must be convincing.

You can follow Richard and his work here.

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