Sarah Ingle from Denver, CO, has spent more than $14,000 on Disney princess costumes, including Snow White, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Merida from Brave, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and sisters Elsa and Anna from Frozen.
Ingle currently has 16 wigs and 17 princess outfits in her princess costume stable. But don't worry (too much), she's not doing this just for fun. Ingle started a company with her boyfriend called Princess Ever After, where she hires herself (and now a few other princess impersonators) out for about $145 to sing at special events like kids' parties and adults-who-wish-they-were-still-kids' parties. Sometimes her boyfriend goes along, dressed like a prince (they say romance is dead).
In true Disney princess manner, she also sometimes volunteers in costume at children's hospitals. She recounts performing for a little girl who was celebrating a break from her cancer treatments: "Seeing her face light up as she sang along with me was just incredible and it was just the most amazing day."
In a recent interview with Hotspot Media, Ingle said that each transformation takes about three hours from start to finish, because the dresses and make up are so intricate.
According to Ingle, each dress can take up to six months to design and make, and she gets fabrics like silk and organza from around the world.
Ingle does have a bit of a Disney princess look to her naturally. She told Hotspot Media: "my big eyes just help me to appear more cartoon-like, which is great for what I do."
Although Ingle already has a full time job as a marketing manager and her own business dressing up as a princess, she told Hotspot Media: "It would certainly be a dream to be a real Disney princess—I'd love to be Ariel. Maybe one day I can go for an audition and they'll give me my dream job." Good luck, Sarah, maybe that dream of getting paid to impersonate a princess will some day come true.