We've become used to seeing Disney princesses as symbols of purity, beauty, and feel-good emotions. But what if they ever got into the real world with all of its violence, drugs, sex trafficking and all the other horrible stuff we see on the daily news?

That's what a Philadelphia-based photographer Shannon Dermody set up to explore in her latest photo series featuring Disney princesses dealing with drugs, alcohol, domestic violence, rape, sex trafficking and all the darkest aspects of our reality.

The photographer is seeking to raise awareness about the real-world problems by taking us out of our comfort zone and talking about dramatic living conditions many people around the world face every day. Just be warned that some of the photos are quite graphic.

More info: Shannon Dermody | Facebook (h/t: demilkedufunk)

#1

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

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Hope Floats
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3 years ago

Domestic Abuse is something no rose or apology or gift,will ever make right......

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#2

Pollution

Pollution

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Bob
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3 years ago

Which princess is this? Ariel?

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#3

Alcoholism

Alcoholism

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Eduardas Jucys
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3 years ago

Partying with 7 guys can do that to you.

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#4

Rape

Rape

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Peta Hurley-Hill
Community Member
3 years ago

This is ridiculous.It's nothing about "raising awareness".Not everything has to be clouded and debased.The whole idea of things like "Disney Princesses" (of which I am no great fan)is that there is some small escape from the horrors of life.Of late ,there has been a real push to put an adult slant on them.To sexualize and sensationalize them.Which is exactly what this photo shoot is doing.FFS leave something for children,not everything has to be appropriated into something dark and nasty.Let kids be kids and let their safe,friendly,innocent "princesses" stay just that.

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#5

Suicide

Suicide

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Silent Skeleton
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3 years ago

Isn't that what happens in the original story?

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#6

Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking

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Vampire_Unicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

Cinderella?

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#7

Tobacco

Tobacco

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Alan G.
Community Member
3 years ago

They missed a great oppurtunity to use a hookah.

Aessidhe Eclipse
Community Member
3 years ago

I think the might have been an artist who used it, it's not the first project like that ;)

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Johnny Slapstick
Community Member
3 years ago

Unfortunately, making these images Disney princesses makes them far less powerful than just making them normal people. Thought needs to be taken with the background settings, as well. Also, the smoke effect on this image is REALLY cheesy.

Aessidhe Eclipse
Community Member
3 years ago

I think there was some drawn version with opium with this one or some other princess, both nice :)

Ash Bonilla
Community Member
3 years ago

This is a terrible representation of Jasmine

Alan G.
Community Member
3 years ago

Jeppe Mouritzen, Jasmine is Arabic. The movie takes place in a sultanate in the Middle East. The Middle East is a region in Asia.

Alexis the kangaroo
Community Member
10 months ago

Poor jasminez

Alexis the kangaroo
Community Member
10 months ago

Jasmine*

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John Doe
Community Member
3 years ago

Aladdin you pig!

Dasha Vladasha
Community Member
3 years ago

No, it's Princess Jasmine

Saika Tags
Community Member
3 years ago

Is this Mulan?

Alexis the kangaroo
Community Member
10 months ago

No Jasmine is Arabian.

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John Neanda
Community Member
3 years ago

oh lord, please save us from the evil of tobacco. Even though god made it

Tish Christian
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3 years ago

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Who smokes fags like this LMAO!!! These are less princess and more women in fancy dress smoking crack. Who is this helping again?

Brownie emoji
Community Member
3 years ago

Its raising awareness of problems that people like to ignore/sweep under the rug.

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#8

Heroin

Heroin

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Luc Mailloux
Community Member
3 years ago

Uhh, you're doing it wrong. Ignoring the actual injecting... how are drugs in any way related to this character?! Most of these photos touch on themes within the stories. This one does not.

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#9

Police Brutality

Police Brutality

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Hamilton Bubbub
Community Member
3 years ago

This is a little extreme. Most police are amazing people trying to make the work a better place.

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