Sunday, May 22, 2011

Disney's Fallen Princess - A Reality Check on Happily Ever After by Dina Goldstein

I recently have come across Dina Goldstein’s photography artworks “Disney Fallen Princess” and it makes me both laughing out loud & sad at the same time and wonder what if all these Disney Princess had left their “Fantasy Land” where everything is all happy & filled with flowers & pink glitters and thrown them into our world, what their lives would be like? Dina Goldstein; a skilled photographer who has explored what might have happened to fairy tale characters once the well known part of the story ended.

Snow White & Prince Charming Trapped in a Domestic Nightmare
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Rapunzel Deals With Cancer In Hospital & Lost Her Hair
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The Fallen Princess place fairy tale characters in a 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 realistic outcome and address current issues.

Little Mermaid Ariel on Display in an Aquarium Museum
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The project was inspired by her observation of a 3 years old girl, who were developing an interest in Disney’s fairy tales. As a new mother like Dina herself, she has been able to get a close up look at the phenomenon of young girl’s fascinated with Princesses & their desire to dress up like them. The Disney version almost always has sad beginning, and 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.

Cinderella Drunk in a Dive Bar
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As a young girl growing up abroad like Dina Goldstein, she was not exposed to fairy tale stories. These new discoveries lead to her fascination with the origins of fairy tales. She explored the original brothers Grimm’s stories & found that they have very dark & sometimes gruesome aspects, many of which were changed by Disney. So Dina began to imagine Disney’s perfect Princess juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around the world, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues.

Belle Has Undergone Plastic Surgery To Prolong Her Beauty
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With limited funds, Dina Goldstein began to assemble her series, incorporating many important details in each image. Cinderella sits in a dive bar in a dive bar in Vancouver’s infamous Hasting Street. Snow White is trapped in a domestic nightmare, surrounded by unkempt children with a lazy, out of work Prince in the background. Rapunzel deals with cancer in a hospital room and lost all her hair, sitting beside her long blonde wig. An overweight Red Riding Hood is on her way to her grandma’s, carting fast food in her basket.

Pocahontas All Alone & Missing John Smith
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So after seeing all of Dina Goldstein’s "Disney’s Fallen Princess" series, did it make you laugh? Or it makes you sad? Share with us how you feel about it. I personally loved it! I give Dina lot's of prop of taking on the issue of that we've been brain washing little girls with all these fairy tale princess "Illusions" that there will always be a "Prince Charming" who is not only handsome, but also rich and powerful to come rescue us; but instead, Dina gives fairy tales a "Reality Check", what it is like if those Princess lives in our world. Where not all places are always pink & pretty, Prince/Men might not always be charming.

Princess Jasmine & Aladdin Fighting at Wars
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But in no way I am bitter about these fairy tale stories! Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE to go see a nice romantic comedy & cried at the end because of the happy ending! But I think we should educate our little girls to be a "Self-Rescuing Princess"!  you can achieve anything you like and build your own castle! And if there is a Prince Charming comes along, then it’s wonderful! But if not, "Happily Ever After" is all within your reach, with or without a "Prince Charming"! But don't ever be so jaded and being taking over by the bitterness & regrets of your bad experiences from the past.  After all, Life is just too boring without hope, love, and a little “Magic” in our lives don't you think?

Sleeping Beauty in Nursing Home
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See more of Dina Goldstein’s artwork, please visit her official website at Dina Goldstein.com

To make this blog posting not too depressing, here is a little dose of the typical "Happy Ever After" for all of you! and don't forget to "Dream" a little and believe in a little "Magic" makes life that much more fun & interesting! :-)



Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

Xoxo

Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

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