Almost every little girl dreams of being a Disney princess, but as they grow up most start to set their sights on slightly more realistic career goals. Not Sarah Ingle, however. No, this hardcore Disney fan grew up determined to make her princess dream a reality, and today she’s living proof that a fairytale ending really is possible. Granted, you need $14,000 and a lot of talent to get there… but still, her incredible transformations are the stuff Disney dreams are made of.
Sarah Ingle is a former marketing manager from Colorado, and it’s fair to say she loves Disney with a white-hot passion. Why? Because not only has Ingle been to Disney World, met the park characters and bought the merchandise, the 25-year-old has taken her passion up another, more unusual, notch – and has splashed out a whole lot of cash to do so.
Ingle has been obsessed with Disney since early childhood. In fact, she remembers a time when her teacher asked her to draw a fish on her test paper, and instead of producing the usual childish scrawl, Ingle created a near-perfect doodle of Ariel’s pet fish Flounder.
But Ingle wasn’t just a talented doodler, she turned out to be blessed with fairytale good looks, too. And as she grew up, it became obvious that the pretty teen was well suited for modeling work. So so that’s exactly what she did! You might have even seen her on the front covers of romantic novels, already looking every inch the princess.
Ingle, though, had always known she possessed the look familiar to Disney heroines across the decades. As she explained to Cosmopolitan in 2016, “I was born with really big eyes, and people were always telling me that I looked like a cartoon doll or Disney princess.”
Eventually, Ingle decided to use her genetic blessings to achieve more than just compliments. And so armed with savings from her full-time job, a lot of special skills and a very supportive boyfriend, she got to work on something very special indeed.
Because Ingle can now actually turn herself into the Disney princesses she loved so much as a child, becoming a real-life Belle, Ariel, Elsa and more! The fairytale beauty began posting her mesmerizing transformations on Instagram and has netted almost 100,000 followers so far. She’s also made the leap to take her make-believe show on the road.
With her Disney-perfect image, it’s not hard to imagine Ingle causing quite the stir at a kids’ party. It’s small wonder, then, that she makes the most of that by charging $140 an hour to turn up and wow attendees at birthday bashes. In a lovely gesture, though, Ingle appears for free at hospitals and care homes, because there’s nothing that lifts the spirits like a Disney princess.
“I’ll never forget the day that I was asked to perform for a little girl who was celebrating the beginning of a break from her cancer treatments,” she told Cosmopolitan. “Seeing her face light up as she sang along with me was just incredible.”
“Nothing makes me happier than seeing the look on children’s faces when they see their favorite princess arrive at their party,” Ingle continued. And the kids sometimes even get a prince, too! Because Ingle’s boyfriend Derek isn’t afraid to delve into the dress-up box himself and guest star as her Disney-perfect prince.
In fact, Ingle’s boyfriend has even helped her launch a company dedicated to living the Disney dream. It’s called Princess Ever After, and the company webpage proudly sets out its unique selling point: “Our performers look and sing like they walked straight out of a storybook.”
Princess Ever After opened its doors in January last year, and its fairytale services have been proving incredibly popular ever since. In fact, Ingle is no longer the only princess in the business, as the company has had to employ several other models in order to keep up with demand. Ingle is still the leading Little Mermaid actress, however, since Ariel is the character she loves to play the most.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about Ingle’s story is that her beautifully detailed princess costumes are made rather than bought. And it’s no mean feat, either. In fact the Disney enthusiast told Cosmopolitan, “Each dress can take up to six months to make, and I source many different materials from all over the world, including silk and organza, before drawing my final designs.”
There’s one dress, however, that Ingle loves more than all the rest: the gorgeous yellow gown that she puts on to become Beauty and the Beast’s Belle. But while the dress is definitely a showstopper, it’s not entirely comfortable. Ingle revealed on Instagram, “It’s painful. The skirt weighs like ten pounds and actually gives me bruises.”
Ingle is also keen to emphasize that her perfect princess features are entirely natural, and that she has never gone under the knife. The Disney fan even posted pictures of herself as a child on Instagram to prove it, writing, “My sisters and mom have big eyes, too. It’s just genetics.”
Luckily, Ingle is attracting fans rather than trolls on social media. She explained to the Daily Mail, “I rarely receive any negative attention, but if I do I just shrug it off.”
This isn’t just simply dress-up for Ingle, however – this Disney impersonator is very, very serious about her work and spends ages making sure every little detail is just right. In fact, on average it takes her three hours to transform into a princess! And so it’s just as well that she loves her job.
On November 17, 2015 Ingle posted a special message on Instagram. Not only was it the 26th anniversary of the first cinematic release of The Little Mermaid, it also marked 12 months since she quit her day job to start Princess Ever After.
And Ingle hopes to continue living the Disney dream for many years to come. “What an amazing year it has been!” she wrote. “We have come so far and have a long way to go. So excited to see what lies ahead!”
So what does lie ahead for the princess? Well, Ingle’s ultimate ambition is to perform as an official Disney World princess. “Maybe one day I can go for an audition and they’ll give me my dream job,” she told the Daily Mail. And there’s no denying she’d do the job very well indeed.