John M. Becker

Moment of Geek: Disney Princes in Their Bare Essentials

Filed By John M. Becker | November 02, 2013 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Aladdin, cartoons, childhood crush, David Kawena, Disney, gay art

moment_of_geek.jpgIn the spirit of Rachel Maddow (whom, for the record, I happen to think is one of the coolest people on the planet), I'm going to have a moment of geek with all of you. (Who doesn't need a little fluff on a Saturday afternoon, anyway?)

First, though, it's confession time: for awhile when I was a child, I had a huge crush on Aladdin. Yes, that Aladdin, the Disney prince. I realize that won't distinguish me much from most other gay boys who grew up in the 1990s and early 2000s (and I bet you won't be at all shocked to learn that another one of my major childhood crushes was a certain Jonathan Taylor Thomas), but the fact remains that I spent an embarrassingly significant amount of time as a gay youngster imagining Aladdin and other hunky heroes in various states of undress.

But now, thanks to the amazing work of artist David Kawena, I no longer need to imagine. He's created sexy images of all sorts of Disney characters: Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid, Prince Phillip of Sleeping Beauty fame, John Smith from Pocahontas, Peter Pan, and Aladdin, just to name a few. They're quite gorgeous -- I wish I had posters of them when I was growing up! (That would probably have incurred even greater suspicion than the oversized JTT poster I had on my wall, though...)

Judging from the date of a couple blog posts about Kawena's work, he's been drawing Disney princes in their bare essentials since at least 2009; while I'm clearly quite late to the game I figured that if I didn't know about Kawena, then at least some of you probably didn't know about him either.

So without further ado, I present my childhood crush, Aladdin, as seen through the eyes of David Kawena. He's after the jump. Once you're done drooling, be sure to check out more of David's work -- including the rest of the princes -- by clicking here and here. Enjoy, and have a great weekend!


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