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There's nothing better than the original Disney movies. No, not the new fancy Pixar ones (OK, we love those, too), but the ones where the princesses are center stage. For most of us, Disney princesses were our first role models or the first time we saw ourselves represented onscreen. However, the women behind the iconic Disney characters may look a lot different than what you'd expect.


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Ilene Woods was the classic voice in "Cinderella," which was the reason she was named one of the few Disney Legends.

Snow White

Adriana Caselotti was an Italian-American actress who voiced "Snow White" in 1937.

Princess Aurora

Mary Costa took on the voice of Princess Aurora in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" in 1959.

Princess Jasmine

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In 1992, Linda Larkin voiced Jasmine in "Aladdin."


Paige O'Hara took on the role of Belle in "Beauty and the Beast," which led to two other princess-related gigs for her: first, as the voice of Princess Aleta in "The Legend of Prince Valiant" and second, as Angela in "Enchanted."


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Mulan was the first Chinese Disney princess, and she was voiced by Ming-Na Wen.


Princess Tiana was voiced by Anika Noni Rose in "The Princess and the Frog."


Kelly Macdonald took on the voice of Princess Merida of DunBroch in Disney's "Brave." She's the most recent princess to be added to the roster thus far.


Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" was voiced by Jodi Benson, who's also known for her voiceover roles in the "Toy Story" franchise.


Disney's 2010 movie "Tangled" had a pretty star-studded voice cast including Mandy Moore as the lead.


Irene Bedard took on the role of one of Disney's most beloved princesses, Pocahontas, in 1995.


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Sadly, Moana is *technically* not a Disney princess just yet. But Auli'i Cravalho says she still feels honored to have played the part.


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Kristin Bell was one half of the sister duo in "Frozen," though Anna, too, isn't technically a princess.


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Idina Menzel took on the role of Elsa in "Frozen."

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