I definitely blame Disney movies for my unrealistic expectations of love, and just when I thought I moved past dreaming about animated princes, one Instagram user has drawn me back in. Cosmopolitan reports that cosplayer Jonathan Stryker kept busy earlier this month by dressing up as the leading men from everyone’s favorite Disney flicks. Spoiler alert: Disney princes are still hot in real life.
Stryker organized a “Disney Week” on his Instagram account, strykerkun, posting pictures of himself in Disney prince costumes for seven straight days. Although he featured some classic favorites like Aladdin and Prince Eric, he also dressed as some unlikely hunks, like Milo from Atlantis: The Lost Empire (my love for nerdy guys definitely traces back to Milo, tbh).
It’s Disney Week! Next up, my favorite nerd, Milo I saw this movie for the first time in elementary school~ I love anything that deals with water so I fell in love with it Good times! Last two days to see this month’s sexy Disney guys being uploaded every night on Patreon! Also last tier gets a random print! Link in bio~ New Disney character tomorrow!
In an interview with BuzzFeed that he shared via Instagram, the veteran cosplayer explained how his interest in dressing as the Disney princes grew. “I see a lot of princesses but not many princes,” he said. “I don’t know why guys are so scared of the princes and they were, like, our childhood heroes.”
22-year-old Stryker takes a completely DIY approach to his looks, making costumes from scratch and doing his own makeup in a process that can take up to 20 hours. Promoting body positivity in his finished products is also important to him, as he struggled with his weight in the past.
Also dressing as Tangled‘s Flynn Rider, The Emperor’s New Groove‘s Kuzco and The Lion King‘s Simba, Stryker used his Hercules photo shoot as an opportunity to share how the animated character helped him deal with his own insecurities.
It’s Disney Week! Next up, a handsome God, HERCULES! Just finished making this costume and shot it Today is a very special day to me. Exactly one year ago I met someone very special to me that would later help me understand who I truly am, much like Hercules in his quest to become a hero. And like with Megara, I’ll forever have a place in my heart for this person Something I really loved about Hercules was the scene when Zeus tells Hercules that he has the chin of a God. In middle school, this kid would make fun of my big chin. I became very insecure about it for much of my life. Thanks to Hercules, I now see it differently: I have the chin of the Gods! SO FUCK YOU PEASANT ASSHOLE FOR MAKING FUN OF ME Final Disney character tomorrow! Who do you think it will be? #jstryker #disney #waltdisney #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld #hercules #gaymer #gayfit #gaynerd #gaygeek #cosplay #cosplayer #cosplayers #god
“Something I really loved about Hercules was the scene when Zeus tells Hercules that he has the chin of a God,” Stryker explained. “In middle school, this kid would make fun of my big chin. I became very insecure about it for much of my life. Thanks to Hercules, I now see it differently: I have the chin of the Gods!”
Although his Disney week is over, visiting Stryker’s Instagram to see his current cosplay looks is totally worth it. Props to him for reminding us that the Disney men deserve a lot of love too!