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The Face That Launched a Thousand Animators' Pens

The Face That Launched a Thousand Animators' Pens

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LOS ANGELES -- College student Dyna Taylor may look familiar to

people who have never before seen her because she shares her face

with Pocahontas.

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

in Valencia.

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

anything else.

"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.


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