What If Disney Princesses Had Real Problems?

Sheri Reed
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snow white, fallen princess, mother of four

Photo by Dina Goldstein

I know many of you and your kids love the Disney Princesses. But what if those lovely gals with all the sweet songs had real problems? What if, instead of their typical happy endings, Prince Charming was no prince or Cinderella drowned her princess sorrows in tequila shots or Jasmine had to lead a violent rebellion through the desert?

That's what photographer Dina Goldstein has asked with her series of photos called Fallen Princesses.

Jasmine, Disney princess, fallen princess, gun, Dina Goldstein

Photo by Dina Goldstein

drunk Cinderella, fallen princess, Dina Goldstein

Photo by Dina Goldstein

In an interview with JPG Magazine, Goldstein says, "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 a 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."

I agree with Goldstein. These stories do set up young girls, particularly, to believe in an unrealistic love relationship ideal, and they probably give young boys a savior complex as well. While Goldstein's themes are obviously more adult and dark, I'd be all for Disney throwing in some reality from time to time.

Along the same lines, don't miss Linda Holmes' recent letter to Pixar: Dear Pixar, From All The Girls With Band-Aids On Their Knees, in which she pleads, because she likes Pixar so, "Please make a movie about a girl who is not a princess."

Click over to check out more Fallen Princesses, found via Bust, and see more of Dina Goldstein's work.

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