Fallen Princesses

August 12, 2013

By Gabrielle. Images by Dina Goldstein.

There’s usually a time in most of our lives when we dreamed of being a princess, right? A castle, a pretty  dress, no responsibilities, and a few adoring subjects doesn’t sound too bad this morning!

Dina Goldstein shows us the darker side of the fairy tale in her Fallen Princesses series. It’s part hilarious, part heart-breaking, and wholly thought-provoking. Pocahontas turned cat lady? Oh, and poor, poor Rapunzel. I’m moved in the most unexpected ways. Love it. And it actually makes me quite content to be in my mostly unpacked and totally lovely home, wearing some super cute jeans, with a few adoring subjects of my own! Hope you’re feeling like a princess today, Friends! (Just not like Snow White. She doesn’t seem to be having much fun.)

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1 Linnea August 12, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I saw this photo series earlier this week, and I struggle with it! On one hand, it’s shocking and refreshing to see the Disney princesses depicted in an alternative way. On the other hand, what’s to say that these princesses — when faced with adversity — weren’t able to use their strengths and rise above?

Either way, it’s very though provoking, as you said!

Glad you’re getting settled in your new home.


2 Sandra August 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I love her work! She has another series of photos of Ken and Barbie using live models and in domestic situations. I have one and it certainly causes a few looks and questions when my daughter’s friends come over!

Luckily for us Dina has a few upcoming shows at the Capture International Photography Festival here in Vancouver (Oct 1 – Nov 15).


3 stephanie kraus August 12, 2013 at 7:59 pm

wow. clever. creepy, interesting, real. —thanks for sharing.


4 Robyn August 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm

Whoa. “Wholly thought provoking” is right.

They leave me feeling awful actually. So dark! Yet so enlightening.


5 Jessie August 13, 2013 at 9:45 pm

There’s a short film, similar in topic called “Dysenchanted”. It’s on you tube. Princesses in group therapy!


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