A Disney Princess

Disney Princesses always have a happy ending. After being chased by an evil step-mother, locked in a tower or something of the sort her Prince will always come and love will prevail. We know that reality and our lives are not fairy tales. Its nice to hope and to dream. But the life that Disney portrays just isn’t how the world runs today.And its sad. Everyone deserves to be treated like a princess and to be swept away by her Prince Charming.

I came across a blog article a while ago featuring some images by photographer Dina Goldstein and I came across it again the other day and decided to share them with you.

In this Disney fairytale, Belle doesn’t care about outer beauty when she falls in love with the beast. All that matters is what is on the outside. In theory its such a wonderful thing, to fall in love with someone for who they are, not for how they look or what they represent. But in the world today, does that always happen? What are the influences of girls these days? Who are their role models? Now very often things are about looks. “The jock gets the cheerleader” as we often see in American movies. Here, Belle is clearly no longer concerned with true beauty of herself let alone the poor Beast. If this is what she feels she has to do to make herself beautiful, all these procedures, imagine how she would feel about the beast – if he hadn’t turned into a Prince I suppose!

The whole narrative of a Disney story, or of the average fairytale the Princess spends the whole movie waiting/looking for her Prince Charming. They never really know anything about them or who they are before, they just know that they are their Prince. And they get married. We never see what happens after. Obviously, because it isn’t always so “happily ever after” forever. The Disney dream isn’t all its cracked up to be. Once the happiness and marriagey love bliss is over – then comes kids, and work, and maritial duties, house work… Check Prince Charming here being very far from charming!

“One big problem Goldstein has with Disney films is that there’s always a happy ending, which sets up unrealistic expectations for kids. Sometimes life just doesn’t afford us such luxuries.”

Here are some of the other pics I really like. They’re actually really sad.

Check out the original link here where there are more of Goldsteins photos from the collection. Let me know what you think.


4 comments on “A Disney Princess

  1. Mike Kushner says:

    Nice one Lee!

    I think that the indoctrination starts with Disney and then kids, particularly girls (no offence intended) graduate to the ‘chic-flick’ 🙂

    • Lee Lipman says:

      Well of course it hits girls particularly. How else do you think they come up with the idea of a “Prince Charming” that they sit and wait forever for and hold guys up to those standards? Not that it gives guys the right to be @$$holes, but they don’t need to be held and expected to behave in a certain way just cuz of Disney Fairytales.

  2. Greg says:

    as we all know….. theres no such thing as a prince or princess charming….. but we can sure strive to be the best partner we can be 🙂

  3. […] moons ago I came across the photography series of Dina Goldstein entitled Fallen Princess and wrote my little bit about it. I was so taken by the message behind the series, about Disney pushing unrealistic ideals […]

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