One family in Iceland claims the basis for the Disney design of Snow White was a relative of theirs.
While the story of Snow White has been around for centuries, and originated in Germany, perhaps the most easily recognisable design of her character is the one conjured up by Walt Disney Studios. RÚV reports that the inspiration for her design may have come from Iceland.
Anna Sigríður Garðarsdóttir has an impressive museum of sorts dedicated to Snow White, and not without reason. Anna’s mother is Kristín Sölvadóttir, who some believe was the inspiration for the design of Snow White.
Kristín was engaged to Charlie Thorsson, an illustrator and designer for Walt Disney Studios. While the marriage never came to be, Charlie allegedly told Kristín he would immortalise her, and supposedly did so by basing the design for Snow White on her.
The story is actually not a new one, as little known as it may be. More details are brought up in this article, which includes a photo of Kristín herself.