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Disney’s latest initiative wants to go the extra mile in challenging the notion that girls only want to be saved by Prince Charming. For its #DreamBigPrincess photo campaign, Disney asked 19 female photographers to shoot positive images of strong female role models from all over the world. Because, let’s face it, waiting around for Prince Charming is a bit outdated.

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Their Castle by Trevor Aydelotte

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The Making of Cinderella’s Dress

The dress was created of many layers of gossamer weight fabric, hand-painted in watercolor shades of pale blue, turquoise, lilac, lavender and white. The dress used over 10,000 Swarovski crystals and 500 hours to complete with 20 tailors working. Sewn with four miles of thread, the dress seems to move effortlessly, float gracefully with every step the Princess takes. The many shades of color and near weightless layers give the dress depth and richness of color that billow out from beneath the top layer of fine silk.

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This is so disturbing.

I’m not sure about the source, but I’ll give credit… - Update: @avariea thank you for finding the source… and the credit belongs to @disneyunhappilyeverafter. Powerful stuff!
How to feel like a princess getting ready for a politically important ball

*Use a sugar scrub or make one with ¼ cup of sugar + ¼ cup of oil (like coconut or olive or avocado) + a splash of vanilla extract + a few drops of lavender EO—pat dry when you come out of the water so the oil will stay behind to nourish your skin

*Soak in a bath of honey, milk, and flower petals

*Brush out your lightly dried and detangled hair with a wooden comb that has been oiled with a hair oil (may I suggest camellia oil—it is a light oil that sinks in beautifully)

*If you have acne prone skin, wash your face after oiling your hair

*Remember, “presentation is manipulation”—this is a time for you to shine

*Listen to music that makes you feel powerful and confident—sing along to enhance the effect

*Wear a perfume that you love (vanilla is near universally pleasing if you care about how other people will respond to the scent)

*Dark lipstick is more intimidating—it will make people listen

*Natural lips suggest a friendly, easy-to-get-along-with personality

*If you wear heels, walk confidently

*If you wear flats, walk confidently

*Remember you own the space you exist in

*Wear colors that make you feel powerful—screw advice that would tell you that you can’t wear whatever color you want

*Don’t let others speak over you—your voice is worthy of being heard and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise