Fallen Princesses

Fact: I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. I never went ga-ga over Disney Princesses, but I sure enjoyed watching the movies time and time again and imagined myself wearing their beautiful gowns.

I don’t remember whose blog I first saw these pictures on this morning, but after some digging around (i.e. clicking on a whole bunch of links) I finally found the source. They were created by Dina Goldstein and the project is called Fallen Princesses. Take a look for yourself:

Here’s what Goldstein says about the project:
These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The ‘…happily ever after’ is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.

The project was inspired by my observation of three-year-old girls, who were developing an interest in Disney’s Fairy tales. As a new mother I have been able to get a close up look at the phenomenon of young girls fascinated with Princesses and their desire to dress up like them. The Disney versions almost always have sad beginning, with an overbearing female villain, and the end is predictably a happy one. The Prince usually saves the day and makes the victimized young beauty into a Princess.

As a young girl, growing up abroad, I was not exposed to Fairy tales. These new discoveries lead to my fascination with the origins of Fairy tales. I explored the original brothers Grimm’s stories and found that they have very dark and sometimes gruesome aspects, many of which were changed by Disney. I began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues. So what do you think of the photos? Are you drawn to any in particular?


  1. Ash, I agree with you 100 percent. But there's still something about them that I like. Fairy tale endings do happen even in real life!

  2. I love these! I have seen them before on, like you said, another blog but they are always so very interesting to look at. They do make me sad a little, though! I think the Rapunzel one speaks to me the most because of my mom's cancer.

  3. I'll admit I'm not a fan of these. I get what the artist is saying about wanting young girls to live in reality and all. However, her daughters are 3! Why doesn't she just ship them off to work every day and then have them cook when they get home if she wants them to see reality? 3 is still pretty young. I grew up with Disney princesses, but by age 10 I didn't think I was Cinderella. I get the way the real world works, but I still believe in happy endings.

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