Happily-Never-Afters: Disney Princesses 20 Years Later

Cinderella's slip into alcoholism, Rapunzel's battle with cancer: A new photo series challenges the fairy-tale ending.

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.

Snow White

 Snow White

Dina Goldstein

Some Prince Charming! Snow White is shown as an overwhelmed mom.

Rapunzel

 Rapunzel

Dina Goldstein

Rapunzel loses her signature locks during chemo.

Sleeping Beauty

 Sleeping Beauty

Dina Goldstein

Sleeping Beauty remains suspended in time while her Prince ages in a nursing home.

The Princess and the Pea

 The Princess and the Pea

Dina Goldstein

Hoarding and obsession with stuff is explored in this Princess and the Pea shot.

Pocahontas

 Pocahontas

Dina Goldstein

Pocahontas trades the colors of the wind for a house full of cats.

Little Red Riding Hood

 Little Red Riding Hood

Dina Goldstein

Is there a McDonald's in those woods? Little Red Riding Hood struggles with obesity.

Jasmine

 Jasmine

Dina Goldstein

Princess Jasmine leaves palace life way behind as a soldier.

Cinderella

 Cinderella

Dina Goldstein

Cinderella drowns her disappointment in drink.

Belle

 Belle

Dina Goldstein

Belly struggles to hang on to her Beauty title with a little nip/tuck.

Ariel

 Ariel

Dina Goldstein

Life on land didn't go exactly as Ariel planned.

Mom of two Sasha Emmons is a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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