LOS ANGELES -- College student Dyna Taylor may look familiar to
people who have never before seen her because she shares her face
Taylor, 21, was one of three live models used by Disney when
creating the animated American Indian girl.
Over the course of about two years, Taylor sat for four three-hour
modeling sessions. She also was videotaped so artists could study
her features at their leisure. Taylor is of Filipino descent.
"I would go sit on a little platform in a leotard and tights so the
animators could see my face from different angles," said Taylor, a
senior studying graphic design at California Institute of the Arts
For her work, she received $200 and an autographed drawing of
Pocahontas from supervising animator Glen Keane, who signed the
sketch: "To Dyna, with gratitude for the inspiration you gave us."
"Pocahontas" producer Jim Pentecost said illustrators also used
photos of supermodel Christy Turlington and a painting of the real
Pocahontas, and spent time with Eskimo-French Canadian/Cree actress
Irene Bedard, who provides Pocahontas' speaking voice.
In the end, Pentecost said, Pocahontas is more a product of the
studio's attempts to create the world's most beautiful woman than
"Most of the time, all the influences get stirred into a great big
vat and then the animators put them all away and create this
character," he said.