Albeit unintentionally, the series makes a powerful statement about the aging process and a woman’s femininity throughout life.
Let’s face it — Hollywood is quick to portray all women as youthful vixens who never age, having rockin’ bodies, and are able to kick some real butt. While this is empowering to young females, maturing women are often ignored and, as a result, the societal attitude that “aging is bad” persists. For this reason, we couldn’t be more pleased that photographer Tony Ross decided to explore the concept of what happens after a Disney princess lives “happily ever after.”
Even though it may have been unintentional, Ross’ artwork makes a powerful statement about the aging process that everyone goes through, as well as the beauty women exude even as matriarchs of their households.
A noteworthy aspect of this photo shoot is that it features mother and daughter models to show princesses in young form and as older queens. Ross partnered with costume designer Nephi Garcia, or “Design Daddy,” for the photoshoot and sought to make the subjects appear as natural as possible. As MyModernMet reports, each “Princess” and “Queen” is dressed in her character’s signature garments. From a mermaid tail to a ballroom gown, each personality is instantly recognizable — another attribute which makes this series so enchanting.
Ross was persistent that the Queens in the series should be played by the younger models’ mothers. Additionally, he noted that while the mothers were hesitant to wear the costumes, they eventually got into character mode and, as expected, ended up having a ball.
Disney princesses are re-imagined as mature queens in this magical mother-daughter photo shoot.
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