Cinderella is one of the most well known fairy tale characters in the world. Where Generation Z has no idea who Mulan, Dumbo and Ariel are, and you would be hard-pressed to find one who has been regaled the stories of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Hansel and Gretel, Puss In Boots or Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella has prevailed. The story of a young girl, a prince and her glass slipper has transcended cultures and generations. Why? Because whether you acknowledge it or not, this story is so relatable, and there’s a little bit of Cinderella in all of us.
It doesn’t matter which way you look at the story:
Do you ever feel like you’re being taken for granted?
Like life is all about work and no play?
Have you ever been bullied?
Do you day dream about events you’re looking forward to?
Have you ever been told “no” by your mother and you feel as though she’s ruined your entire existence?
Do you ever attend an event or get dressed up for a night out and feel like your life returns to being a little bit mundane the morning after?
Or what about meeting someone and becoming so infatuated that the memory of them is tattooed onto your brain, even though in some cases you know your time is short and your situations won’t allow for it to go any further?
Have you wished that you could leave something of yourself (not necessarily a tangible item) behind that makes that person think of you too?
What about when we hit rock bottom and someone special steps in to make it better?
Have you ever simply been the underdog in any situation and managed to come out on top?
And I think I speak for almost every female in the world when I say that we’ve all dreamed of becoming a princess at least once in our lives.
It’s a tale as old as time that’s been told in a thousand different ways (operas, movies, books, ballets and plays), the most memorable of which is Disney’s 1950 animated version. This year Disney marked the film’s 65th anniversary with a live-action re-imagining complete with gloriously opulent costumes (more than 7 million crystals were used), a kooky fairy godmother and a gilded carriage that kind of makes me wish that transformed pumpkins were a socially acceptable form of transportation.
Cinderella’s slipper, and PANDORA’s charm represent not only love, but also the belief that good will conquer evil, as long as you keep a positive outlook and stay true to yourself.
I hope that the story of Cinderella never loses its lustre. But I don’t think it will, because even if you take away the villains, ballrooms, princes and glass slippers, it’s still a tale of the ultimate love and hope and PANDORA have created the perfect tiny, wearable symbol of all the things that we as humans should hold precious.
Location: Teavine House
Hair: Adeline Harvey