The Princess Thang Continues...

On a friend's (yes Lauren my dear that would be you) :) recommendation.... I had a look at Miss. Dina Goldstein's website: Fallen Princesses. Following what I was saying in my Princess and the Frog blog (oooh i made a little rhyme!), she shot photograph's of what happened to the famous princesses AFTER the "Happy Ending"...

Here, Snow White looks after the kids as the handsome prince sits idly in front of the television.

Instead of flying off into the sunset with Aladdin on their red carpet, Jasmine joins the war in Iraq. For the full set, see http://www.fallenprincesses.com/

Dina says that she was never exposed to fairytales as a child. So, little girls' fascination with princesses and wanting to be like them really interested her, especially since reading the Grimm version of the tales where she saw that Disney tended to sugarcoat everything. She has created a collection of images that show the princesses dealing with real life issues.

On that same note, here's a poem that another friend (thank-you Simmy) sent me many years ago and it's a little twist in the Princess and the Frog story....

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a beautiful, independent, self-assured princess happened upon a frog as she sat, contemplating ecological issues on the shores of an unpolluted pond in a verdant meadow near her castle. The frog hopped into the princess' lap and said: Elegant Lady, I was once a handsome prince, until an evil witch cast a spell upon me. One kiss from you, however, and I will turn back into the dapper, young prince that I am and then, my sweet, we can marry and setup housekeeping in your castle with my mother, where you can prepare my meals, clean my clothes, bear my children, and forever feel grateful and happy doing so. That night, as the princess dined sumptuously on a repast of lightly sauteed frog legs seasoned in a white wine and onion cream sauce, she chuckled and thought to herself: I  don't ****ing think so!

I must say, the independent woman inside me loved both of these things when I first saw them. But.. I think a little hope, imagination and dreaming ( & of course good ol Disney sugar-coating) never did any one any harm. They say you should try to maintain some part of your childhood innocence. So, until those princes come along, carpets or crowns in tow, ladies.. we have...

Vera Wang

Aaaand less realistically...

Vera Wang

Images c/o http://www.verawangonweddings.com, Brides magazine, http://www.variety.com.