Friday, August 9, 2013


"A dark image of Cinderella shows her sitting with her head down in a dingy bar, holding a shot glass as a group of men look on."

I bet Walt Disney NEVA thought there'd be days like this!

As you get older and weather through life's ups and downs you begin to side-eye the f__k out of Disney and the like for feeding you a bunch of crap growing up.

To quote Jay Z, "this ain't a movie dawg" and life ain't no fairytale champ!

Fallen Princesses is a project by Canadian photographer Dina Goldstein and it shows "iconic characters having succumbed to tragic fates, including cancer, alcoholism and unhappy marriages."

The inspiration behind the Fallen Princesses came about when two events happened simultaneously in Dina's life, her daughter became interested in princesses and her mother was diagnosed with cancer.

A modern Rapunzel has lost her precious locks to chemo. 
'The two events collided and made me wonder what a princess would look like if she had to battle a disease, struggle financially or deal with aging,' she said.
'I began to imagine what could happen to the princesses later in life and after the happily ever after. Naturally they would have to deal with challenges that all modern women face.'

"The modern version of Little Red Riding Hood is more plump than little. She is pictured in the woods sipping on a large fountain drink and cradling (Not "cradling" though, HAAA!!! They got jokes!) a picnic basket of fast food, a symbol of today's obesity epidemic."


"A desolate Snow White is seen clutching 2 children while another tugs at her dress. Snow White appears to be the victim of an unhappy marriage, as Prince Charming is seen in the background watching television and drinking beer instead of helping with the kids."
Beauty and the Beast's Belle is pictured being nipped and tucked by surgeons.

"Aladdin's Jasmine is depicted as a modern warrior carrying a gun in the middle of a war zone."
Poor Pocahontas has become an old maid. She's pictured watching television alone in a dark room...surrounded by her gazillion cats. #Sadness
"Ariel from the Little Mermaid is visibly translated into how we treat our sea life, trapping them with all their goodness and innocence, pushing them towards extinction and using them as showpieces for our entertainment."
The Princess in the Pea is pictured in a landfill perched on top of more than a dozen pissy mattresses...she didn't like to sleep with Jon-Jon, he pee'd the bed, shouts to Ghostface!
I honestly had never heard of the Princess and the Pea fairytale prior to doing this post. So, I wiki'd the story and it's a pretty pretentious fairytale if I do say so myself. 

A prince is looking for a real princess to marry and has searched all over the world to no avail.  He returns home to his parents' castle. One stormy night, there is a knock on the door. The king himself answers, and finds a bedraggled girl seeking shelter. She claims to be a princess...a real one. The queen is skeptical, but she has a test. She puts a pea (or three, depending on the telling), beneath an incredible amount of bedding. A real princess would feel the pea. The girl not only spends a fitful night, she is rendered black and blue by the offending pea(s). And so the prince marries her!
Walt Disney would NEVA!

Prince Phillip's kiss doesn't wake Sleeping Beauty up and the Prince couldn't bare to get his Michael Schiavo on. So the Prince goes the Noah Calhoun route (The Notebook) and spends his last days in a nursing home with Sleeping Beauty...still asleep. This is actually quite depressing, booooo!
WHEW!!! *wipes sweat off forehead* Thank goodness Dina left Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen out of her Fallen Princesses project...we only got one Dina...we only got one!

To learn more about Dina Goldstein's unconventional but much needed AND appreciated Fallen Princesses project go --> HERE!

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  1. I love these - as depressing as they are. thanks for posting and for the background on the photographer.

  2. I know what you mean. The Rapunzel (especially), Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella pictures made me really sad.