A 29-year-old illustrator has redrawn iconic movie scenes with more diverse casts, and people are loving it

Tyler FederFeder’s reincarnation of ‘Mean Girls’
  • Illustrator Tyler Feder reimagined iconic film scenes from the past century.
  • She took famously white, able-bodied, heterosexual, slim, cis-gendered characters and made them more diverse.
  • The aim was to help people see bodies that represent them.
  • Feder tackled everything from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to “The Lizzie McGuire Movie.”

Hollywood is historically not a particularly diverse place.

From the directors to the actors, key roles have always tended to be played by white, able-bodied, heterosexual, cis-gendered, slim people.

With this in mind, one illustrator decided some of the most iconic movie scenes of all time should be given a makeover.

Chicago-based illustrator Tyler Feder, 29, has just completed a project which saw her reimagine one classic movie still for every day of the month, but with a more diverse cast.

The project was part of a movement called Inktober, which sees artists create one ink drawing a day for the entire month.

“One of my goals as an artist is to make my work as intersectional as possible,” Feder told INSIDER. “It feels good to draw people who don’t often get to see themselves represented in art and (selfishly) it’s way more fun to draw lots of different identities rather than the same ones we’re used to seeing.

“In this vein, last Inktober [2017], I updated famous paintings to make them less white, straight, cis, thin, able-bodied, etc. It was a great creative challenge, and it felt fulfilling to show my audience a different view of these familiar images.

“I wanted to do a different version of the project this year, so when my friend suggested reimagining classic movies, I was in.”

Feder hopes that her illustrations might provide an idea of what films will look like in the future.

“I am hoping to show a small glimpse into a world where movies actually portray the wide spectrum of identities that exist in real life,” she says.

From “Titanic” and “Dirty Dancing” to “Mean Girls” and “Harry Potter,” Feder has put her spin on some of the most popular movies of the past decades.

“I tried to choose movie scenes that are visually iconic, with costumes or scenery that are recognisable even if the characters look different from the original actors,” she explains.

And it’s safe to say the vast majority of people have expressed their delight at her creations.

“I asked my Instagram followers to suggest their favourite movies or physical characteristics they wanted to see in my art, and I tried to include as many of their ideas as possible,” she says. “It made me feel so good to see their excitement after I turned their suggestions into illustrations.”

See Feder’s most popular movie illustrations below, or check out the whole collection on her Instagram account.


“Back to the Future” before…

Universal PicturesThe movie still

…and after.

Tyler FederBack to the Future

“Dirty Dancing”

Vestron PicturesThe movie still

“Dirty Dancing”

Tyler FederDirty Dancing

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Paramount PicturesThe film scene

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Tyler FederFerris Bueller’s Day Off

“Forrest Gump”

Paramount PicturesTom Hanks in the film

“Forrest Gump”

Tyler FederForrest Gump

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

Warner BrosThe OG Hermione, Ron and Harry

“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

Tyler FederHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

“Legally Blonde”

Metro-Goldwyn-MayerReese Witherspoon as Elle Woods

“Legally Blonde”

Tyler FederLegally Blonde

“Mary Poppins”

Walt Disney PicturesThe scene from the original film

“Mary Poppins”

Tyler FederMary Poppins

“Mean Girls”

Paramount Pictures‘On Wednesdays, we wear pink’

“Mean Girls”

Tyler FederA more diverse line-up of ‘the plastics’

“Snow White”

DisneyThe original 1937 animation

“Snow White”

Tyler FederSnow White and the Seven Dwarves

“The Breakfast Club”

Universal PicturesThe film still

“The Breakfast Club”

Tyler FederThe Breakfast Club

“The Little Mermaid”

DisneyThe 1989 film

“The Little Mermaid”

Tyler FederThe Little Mermaid

“The Shining”

Warner BrosThe twins in the film

“The Shining”

Tyler FederThe Shining

“When Harry Met Sally”

Columbia PicturesThe scene in the film

“When Harry Met Sally”

Tyler FederWhen Harry Met Sally

See the whole project on Feder’s Instagram account.

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