So now that I have a daughter old enough to be interested in princesses and fairy tales, I’m getting reacquainted with all of the Disney Princesses. It’s so interesting looking at them through the cynical eyes of an adult for the first time, rather than the dreamy-I-want-to-grow-up-and-be-a-Princess-too-and-I-hear-there’s-a-Prince-in-England-about-my-age-I-wonder-how-I-can-go-about-meeting-him? eyes that I had last time I was watching “The Little Mermaid” and “Cinderella”.
I mean, Disney makes being a Princess look wonderful and charming, with the perfect hair, eyes, dresses, jewelry, elbow-high-gloves, glass slippers, and of course the Perfectly Perfect Prince.
You don’t find out until much later in life that in reality, a Princess’ life is really much more like this:
Okay, okay. I know she is a Duchess, not a Princess, but it’s the closest thing there is. At any rate, it doesn’t look nearly as glamorous now that I’m an adult and know that being royalty means being chased around by Paparazzi non-stop, having horrible teeth, having to make it “look” like you spend all of your time doing charity, and your every move being gossiped about by the whole world.
However, to continue the completely-not-grounded-in-reality fairy-tale dream for every little girl, Disney has made sure to make it clear that anyone can be a Princess – anyone can have the perfect life.
Whether you’re a redhead with no legs,
the typical brown haired, brown eyed girl,
discriminated against at airports,
or EVEN if you still fix your hair just like you did in the 1950’s.
But I noticed one thing in particular about one of the Princesses that proved that even Princesses aren’t always happy with their natural appearance:
Did you see that? Yup, Sleeping Beauty, or Aurora, has dark brown eyebrows. That Princess-Blond hair? TOTALLY out of a bottle.
And I bet those eyes are violet-tinted contact lenses, too.
Not that I’m bitter or anything.