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Cosplayer Mandy Pursley Transforms Into Cinderella With a Glass Arm


Like many other people with disabilities, Mandy Pursley never saw herself represented among Disney’s princesses. Pursley, who has a limb difference, thought it was high time for Cinderella to step out of her glass slipper and head to the ball as a more disability-friendly Disney princess. She shared the stunning results on Facebook, which also features her “real-life Prince Charming” Ryan Pursley.

Here’s what Pursley wrote about her turn as Cinderella at the ball:

At long last…Cinderella — with a glass ARM!

Mandy Pursley as Cinderella with a glass arm
Image via Kelly Anderson

After a medical fiasco kept me from competing at a costume competition this summer, I was going to keep these photos under wraps for another year to try again. But a friend asked me today if I had any pictures I could share with a little girl who was born with one arm, and I realized that we never know what the future may hold…but we can still bring joy to people today!

Mandy and Ryan Pursley as Cinderella and Prince Charming
Image via Kelly Anderson

This whole project was done with a lot of love. When my daughter was studying Cinderella stories at school last year, I realized that even though there were so many beautiful tales from around the world, there were still no princesses who looked like ME! When I was growing up with a physical difference, I never saw girls like myself represented in the media, so it took me a long time to realize that what makes us different can also be the thing that makes us strong, beautiful, and unapologetically unique.

Mandy Pursley as Cinderella while Prince Charming chases her with missing glass arm
Image via Kelly Anderson

So what do you do when you can’t find a princess like you? You make up your own! I spent countless hours sewing Cinderella’s ballgown and her Prince’s uniform. And my fairy godfather Gilbert Lozano brought everything together with the most amazing glass arm (glass slippers are SO last year!)

Mandy and Ryan Pursley as Cinderella and Prince Charming
Image via Kelly Anderson

This costume is dedicated to all the little girls learning to navigate the world with their “lucky fins” or other challenges. I hope you know you are beautiful, and that you are UNSTOPPABLE!!! Write your own story, and be your own kind of princess.

Mandy Pursley as Cinderella with a glass arm

You can see Pursley’s original Facebook post here and follow her via Be the Spark Cosplay on Facebook.

Images via Kelly Anderson