Queens without Kings

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Since Fairy Tales in 2012  opened last friday I´ve been taking pics and working on a series of blog posts about women’s roles in traditional fairy tales, i first approached Little Riding Hood as an example of a story that had an evolution of empowerment to it´s main character, today i ramble on a specific role, also often seen in fairy tales, and talk a bit more about power.

Women with power in fairy tales are what i usually call the Queens without Kings, they are powerful women, but they gained that power by either fooling good men into marriage or simply killing their king, they are witches, sorcerers, they are pure evil, driven only by jealousy of younger and prettier women, either for themselves as in snow white or for their own blood children as seen in Cinderella. They have no grey area, are pure evil incarnated.

And yet they old power, they have men under their command, they rule kingdoms alone. This is another example of how in modern times these sort of character evolved in a more empowering way, they became in modern times symbols of power, even if still evil they are not pure evil, there are reasons behind that evil.

An amazing example is what we see in shows as for example Once Upon a Time, where Regina, the symbol of all these Queens without Kings is given layers and layers of complexity, there are reasons behind her anger to Snow White, at first a lost love, and later the need for revenge, and gaining of power, something women in fairy tales hardly have at all.

Today these women are looked at differently by modern views, the stereotype of the evil step mum slowly disappears, they fight for power along their male evil counterparts seen in the same light as equals, and finally we have reasons for their actions, and they come become some of the most relatable characters, with complex emotions and ambitions.

I´ll slowly keep talking about roles until the 8th when the event ends, I really do wish i could tackle also all the male stereotypes in fairy tales, but alas time is short, and i fail miserable at incarnating male characters, for that i am sorry, have a great start of the week everyone, let´s enjoy the magic from long times past, and bring it to the future.

Outfit1:
Shape: mine
Skin: Lara Hurley – Nuala (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Eyes: Izzie’s  – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Princess (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Dress: Kyoot – La Reine Noire Cocktail Dress (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Crown: Kyoot – La Couronne de la Reine Noire Crown (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Boudoir Mules
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss 

Outfit2:
Shape: mine
Skin: Lara Hurley – Snow White (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Matchgirl (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Dress: Tee*fy – Adelaide V-neck Romper (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Boudoir Mules
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss 

Pose in first picture from animated apple (old hunt object) Pose on second picture by label motion – Ladies Daydream (Fairy Tales in 2012)

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