There are photos circulating online of Harry Styles dressed as Ariel from The Little Mermaid. They’re older photos, pre-pandemic, and you’re probably going to need a lot of backstory in order to make sense of how these photos came to be. First, let’s go ahead and get a look at them, shall we? Here is the actor and musician’s close-up photos in the red wig, green tail, and seashell bra.
Let’s gain some context for the pictures. Here’s where we believe they came from. In 2019, Harry Styles hosted Saturday Night Live and gave us many hilarious skits. In the run-up to the weekly show, SNL typically does a series of promo shoots. These promo photos are always creative and often funny. They’re a chance to show off the personality of the host for the week. Around the time that Styles was hosting Saturday Night Live, he had just turned down a role in The Little Mermaid. He told The Hollywood Reporter he was focused on his music for the time being.
These promo photos were not the ones they ultimately used. They tend to take a great number of them and then choose their favorite. Instead, SNL shared photos of Harry Styles in a pink tutu.
The singer is well-known for dressing in non-gender-conforming outfits. His fans love him for it and defend him fiercely. It also angers a lot of people. He performed at the Grammys for 2021 in a leather suit with a green feather boa and no shirt. For the December 2020 issue of Vogue, he posed for the cover in a dress. Whether Harry Styles is wearing a pink tutu or an Ariel costume, it fits in with his general sense of style and humor.
One of the most popular skits Harry Styles did for Saturday Night Live that year was the Sara Lee sketch. Styles played a social media manager for the company. He posted wildly inappropriate comments using the company’s account and posted fun photos meant for his private Instagram account to the Sara Lee one. Following the airing of that sketch, Sara Lee’s actual Instagram account was flooded with inappropriate comments and eggplant emojis. The official Sara Lee account had to turn off their comments and issue a statement. They said, “We didn’t participate in creating the skit and its content doesn’t align with Sara Lee Bread’s brand. But, we all know SNL pushes the envelope for laughs and we are taking it in stride.”
In 2019, Harry Styles turned down The Little Mermaid role so he could focus on his music instead of his acting. However, today the musician is back at work for movies. He’s currently working on the Olivia Wilde thriller Don’t Worry Darling. The movie stars Florence Pugh as a 1950s housewife. She moves with her husband to an experimental society, trying to bring utopia to life. Soon, she discovers all is not as it seems. Olivia Wilde is directing the film, but also plays a part in the movie. In behind the scenes drama, Wilde and Styles seem to have fallen in love on set. Photos of the pair are regularly circulating online. While they gain a fair amount of attention and interest, it’s never quite as much as when Harry Styles is in a dress or wearing a mermaid tail.
While it’s unknown why Saturday Night Live ultimately decided to go with the pink tutu photos instead of The Little Mermaid set, it seems they should be putting out a poll to let fans decide if that was the right decision. Tutu or tail? Which best captures the Harry Styles fans really want to see?