Let’s face it: happily ever after is a bit of a stretch. I mean, who can expect to live the rest of their days totally content?
After Vancouver photographer Dina Goldstein saw her daughter become princess-obsessed, and then watched her mom be diagnosed with cancer, she got the idea to explore what might happen after the happy ending.
“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,” Goldstein told Cargoh. “Naturally they would have to deal with challenges that all modern woman face.”
The result is a series of provocative images of Disney "Fallen Princesses" that show Cinderella as an alcoholic, Snow White as an exhausted mom in an unhappy marriage, and Belle a plastic surgery addict, among others.
“Good art creates conversation and discussion so I’m really pleased that my work has sparked some controversy,” Goldstein says.
Dina GoldsteinSome Prince Charming! Snow White is shown as an overwhelmed mom.
Dina GoldsteinRapunzel loses her signature locks during chemo.
Dina GoldsteinSleeping Beauty remains suspended in time while her Prince ages in a nursing home.
The Princess and the Pea
Dina GoldsteinHoarding and obsession with stuff is explored in this Princess and the Pea shot.
Dina GoldsteinPocahontas trades the colors of the wind for a house full of cats.
Little Red Riding Hood
Dina GoldsteinIs there a McDonald's in those woods? Little Red Riding Hood struggles with obesity.
Dina GoldsteinPrincess Jasmine leaves palace life way behind as a soldier.
Dina GoldsteinCinderella drowns her disappointment in drink.
Dina GoldsteinBelly struggles to hang on to her Beauty title with a little nip/tuck.
Dina GoldsteinLife on land didn't go exactly as Ariel planned.