If you feel old reading that title, then you probably know that Tarzan is one of Disney’s most underrated films. It doesn’t really get the love it deserves. The characters are beautifully written, the story is hilariously – and at the same time heartwarmingly told, and the music by Phil Collins is breathtaking. What’s not to love?
So today I’m giving it all the love it deserves by paying tribute to one of Tarzan’s most interesting characters: Jane Porter.
Before relatable characters like Rapunzel and Anna, there was Jane Porter from Tarzan. The kooky but kind, loud but sweet, unladylike lady Jane.
“And I was SAVED. I was saved by a flying, wild man in a loincloth!”
And in honor of one of Disney’s most unusual female leads, here are some of my favorite Jane looks, translated into outfits you could wear even outside the jungle.
Jane’s most iconic ensemble. Her yellow pouffy dress that barely lasted 10 minutes in all the jungle’s craziness.
Since that dress was so impractical and prone to monkey attacks and lost boots, I decided to go with trousers instead, paired with a pale yellow blouse with pouffy sleeves as a subtle callback to the original. The purple neck scarf I just made from scrap fabric.
“Oh look bananas!”
STRANGERS LIKE ME
This look is the closest to its animated counterpart. I just put together an olive green skirt with a plain yellow blouse, and it was an instant Jane Disneybound. I added the belt to make it more modern, as well as this globe clock necklace I got in Portobello Market as an accent piece. I thought it resembled something you would find in their camp (before Terk and the gang trashed it).
“Oh, thank you. I can’t do a thing with it in this humidity and – you do speak? And all this time I thought you were this big, wild, quiet, silent, person-thing!”
YOU’LL BE IN MY HEART
This is probably my favorite Jane outfit. This is what she was wearing when Tarzan first introduced his life and his world to her. And if I’m not mistaken, it was also when she first realized that she loved him.
It was also the easiest one to replicate. I didn’t have a nude tank, so I just went with this crochet top and this red maxi skirt I’ve had for ages.
“Jane stay with Tarzan”
Jane Porter may not necessarily be the perfect example of what a fine, poised, elegant lady ought to be, but she is the perfect example of what a kind, smart, and loving woman is. And that is even better. After all, as Kala has taught Tarzan, the most important part of you is your heart.
So thank you Jane, and thank you Tarzan, for 20 wonderful years. You will always be in our hearts.
This blog post is dedicated to my photographer and real-life Jane Porter, AYN RAND PAREL. Thanks for the laughs and love Ayn!