Superheroes And Disney Princesses Want You To Get Vaccinated
Leveraging animated star power to encourage putting reproductive health first
Who better to tell you to get STD tests, cancer vaccinations and family planning other than Earth’s mightiest heroes and strong-willed Disney princesses? Sex education speaker Danielle Sepulveres teamed up with artist/illustrator Maritza Lugo to create a series of illustrations aimed at raising awareness for reproductive health.
In January, Sepulveres wanted to do something that will create an impact for women, or at least get their attention for Cervical Cancer Awareness month. Speaking to Forbes, Sepulveres shared that the idea came from seeing multiple Disney princesses depictions in social media.
“Almost every day my timeline on social media is bombarded with re-imagined Disney princesses in one way or another and most people get a huge kick out of it. So one day it hit me—had anyone ever drawn them going to the gynecologist before?”
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, 12,042 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,074 women died that same year. Sepulveres believes that if women are more aware of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as well as the screening methods today, then these numbers can be reduced.
To bring her idea to life, Lugo creates the illustrations. The drawings include Cinderella getting tested for STDs, Bella asking about Planned Parenthood, Jasmine and Aladdin learning about family planning, Tiana getting the HPV vaccine and Mulan getting a Pap test.
The socially responsible illustrations didn’t end there. Sepulveres and Lugo worked together again, on illustrations were aimed at men. You can see Iron Man, Luke Cage, Batman, Deadpool and Superman all in the clinic trying to encourage men to be tested for HIV, get vaccines and getting checked regularly.
All images courtesy of the artist