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A girl called Hope

Sometimes, the best way to deal with adversity is to take the Mickey out of it – literally. That’s exactly what Hope Laliberte and her parents have done, resulting in the emergence of some unlikely heroes.

Hope was born premature, and has dealt with the medical challenges of cerebral palsy, legal blindness and a rare form of epilepsy since she entered the world, reports Hope also has to eat a specialised diet and wear leg braces.

When it was time for a new set, Hope decided she’d like something different – Hope wanted her braces decorated with Disney villains and not princesses.

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

Let’s face it, the best characters in movies are often the villains. They get the juicy lines, the memorable tantrums and, occasionally, the dramatic endings. Think Lion King’s scheming, sneering Scar who plots the demise of his brother and nephew, or the deeply menacing Ursula of the Little Mermaid. Then, of course, there’s the most flamboyant, fabulous and feisty villain of them all – Cruella de Vil of 101 Dalmatians fame (“if she doesn’t scare you, no evil thing will”).

But, the concept needed to find a master craftsman. So, Hope’s family went to an unsuspecting tattoo artist Aaron Guillemette, who was only too happy to help. “When I was first approached about designing Hope’s braces, I thought it was an awesome idea — especially when I heard what the subject matter would be,” Guillemette told media in the US.

After various attempts to get the characters onto the braces, Guillemette’s designs were eventually turned into labels, which were adhered to the plastic brace material and covered with polyurethane to keep them from scraping off.

Little Hope is now able to walk around with a grinning Ursula on one brace, and a mischievous Cruella De Vil on the other. In one final touch, Guillemette also incorporated Hope’s name into the design.

“I screamed when I saw them,” Hope told “I’m glad to be in a position where I can help in any way,” added Guillemette.

It seems a little mental gymnastics and you can turn anything into a positive force for good; even Disney’s most feared Villains!

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