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Photo of the Week 264
"Badroulbadour"

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Photo: Maarten Zeehandelaar

Foreword
This PotW edition was written while I was on vacation. This means that I have been duly lazy about it. The first impressions and associations brought about by this picture are not mine, but my almost four year old daughter’s. I am forever grateful for her willingness to participate and for her magnificent input.

Of course, a princess, how could anyone miss that?! Which princess? It doesn’t really matter. Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, anyone or all of them. But she finally settles on Jasmine from Disney’s 1992 feature ‘Aladdin’, “even though she doesn’t have that really long hair yet”. Here some sense of prefab realism becomes apparent; it’s mainly Disney’s “realism” I must add, to my slight regret, and I am thankful that she at least still prefers the original Pooh.

But, despite my misgivings about Disney representations, she might just be right. For as I look at this young woman once more, I see someone with the beauty of Disney princess yet with the will, yes with the intent, to break out of something. A tough, challenging pose, a dress that would be vetoed by any Disney CEO, and yet the sweet facial expression of that fair princess. A girl still, about to take her first steps into another world, much like Disney’s Jasmine, savouring real life as she scales the palace walls and struts about incognito on the local marketplace, where she meets her prince charming for the first time, with whom she goes through many adventures, before they live happily ever after. May it be so, dear princess.

Postscript concerning the title of this edition
In the original princess Jasmine was named princess Badroulbadour and I cannot figure out for the life of me, why people at Disney felt the need to turn that into Jasmine. Clearly a mystical, nigh unpronounceable name like Badroulbadour will appeal more to child’s imagination than ‘Jasmine’. To make things that easy and flat feels like a crime against childhood and should be punishable by having to endure a ten year screeching contest among three to six year olds. Ugh.
Text by: Peter-Jan Vermeij

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