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Happily Never After: Dina Goldstein's Sad Endings for Disney Princesses [PHOTOS]

'Fallen Princesses', the Vancouver-based artist's dark imagining of what happens to Disney princesses after the end credits, has been once again making its way around the web

By: Zak Edwards
Published: November 14th, 2013 in News » World
Snow WhitePic: Dina Goldstein

Despite Aladdin's claims to show Jasmine a “Whole New World,” Jewish photographer Dina Goldstein has other ideas in the 2007 series “Fallen Princesses.” The series looks at Disney’s most famous princesses just a few years down the line. It seems the first kiss didn’t lead to eternal bliss; instead, the pressures of keeping the Ever After as happy as possible has put Belle, Ariel, and co. in some pretty tough scenarios.

Though the series came out years ago, sites like Huffington Post and Bustle have been picking it up over the past few days, possibly to remind us that there can be a darker side to Disney?

The results are all too familiar but certainly unexpected. For Belle, her Beast is nowhere to be seen and she’s resorted to extensive plastic surgery to keep herself a Beauty. Snow White’s got a litter of little critters, thankfully human, but it seems her Prince’s Charming nature has worn off in front of the TV. And Cinderella? Well, it looks like her slipper also had a pre-nup: she’s alone in a bar being eyed by strangers, dress disheveled, sipping on something stronger than champagne.

Like much of Goldstein’s work, the pieces have a sad sense of humour to them, one that cuts to audience and subject alike. After all, how many times have we seen that film end with the girl finding her man? Matrimony, it seems, is the end result and we are expected to see pure bliss Ever After.

The damsel in distress finding her man and thus happiness is probably one of our culture’s most consistent and pervasive myths, one that isn’t so much about strength but dependence. Video game critic Anita Sarkeesian’s talked about this in gaming, and it was met with a horrific amount of backlash. Of course, the myth works the other way sometimes too, but while James Bond gets a new girl with every adventure, most women get stuck with just one.

And that’s exactly what’s happened in Fallen Princesses: the men are either distant or gone and, with their quest for a man ruined, they are left alone and unhappy. Bliss, it seems, wasn't made in a single evening or kiss. That is a powerful statement and Goldstein’s photography is a brilliant reminder. Funny and heartbreaking, pretty and sad.

Snow White



Ariel



Cinderella



Jasmine



Little Red Riding Hood



Sleeping Beauty



Belle



Pocahontas



Princess and the Pea



Rapunzel


Images courtesy of Dina Goldstein

Related articles: Fallen Princesses, Disney, Disney Princess, Aladdin, Dina Goldstein, Jasmine, Snow White, Cinderella
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