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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How To Be A Princess

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When I was younger, I'd dress up in the afternoons in frilly dresses and play in the garden like I'm some random princess out of a fairytale book. It's pretty common for little girls to wish that they'd be "princesses" when they grow up while some have the innate belief that they were born with a royal blood thus having a "Princess Complex". Almost every girl in all parts of the world wants to be a Princess.

In Japan, there is what we call Hime Kei or Princess Fashion. Hime Gyarus dress in Princess outfits that look like a costumes that might remind you of Marie Antoinette and her ostentatious fashion.

Ayumi Hamasaki, read more about Hime Kei here

When we girls get older we'd have to face the reality that not all of us can be Princesses in real life. No matter how much Disney Movies we watch or the number of royal etiquettes we know, they're only a bunch of girls handpicked by destiny to become real life Princesses.

Of course, you can be a Princess in a number of ways even if it's not in real life. 

Miss Minchin: Don't tell me you still fancy yourself a princess? Child, look around you! Or better yet, look in the mirror. 

Sara Crewe: I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren't pretty, or smart, or young. They're still princesses. All of us. Didn't your father ever tell you that? Didn't he? 

Princess Diana
the most photographed woman in the world

One of my favorite books and anime cartoons that I had followed while growing up was A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It's a story of a girl who seemed like she's a Princess in every way that she caught the ire of some envious girls and at the same time earned the friendship of people from different social backgrounds. In that book, it is clearly illustrated how to be a Princess you have to have humility and that je ne sais quoi- that magnetism that draws people towards you.

I remember how if fourth grade, I hid this book under my bed so that my mom wouldn't catch me reading this book instead of studying. She eventually caught me and took the book away from me and I started crying, she then bargained with me that if I study harder she'd have the book photocopied since it was a library book. That book was very hard to come by since a lot of girls borrow that book too. I had to hide it among the shelves so when my library card is finally available (since our school library allows us to borrow 2 fictional books and 2 non fictional books at a time), I can borrow that until I can't renew (we were only allowed to renew borrowed books twice since books in our library are limited) it anymore.  Anyhow, I ended up being an honor student while my mom gave me a copy of the book and finally managed to finish reading it.

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Recently, when Kate Middleton married Prince William there was a revival of my Princess obsession. I was browsing Amazon and was buying "To Marry A Prince" by Sophie Page when Jerramy Fine's "Someday My Prince Will Come" popped out in the recommendations. I clicked it and I immediately wanted a copy of it but since I ran out of budget, I opted to get a copy from BetterWorldBooks since they offer free shipping. It was Friday when it finally arrived and I was sick in bed. I was bored from lying down so I grabbed the book and started reading it, I couldn't put it down and finished it in roughly 5 hours just pausing for 15 minutes to take lunch in between.

I really fell in love with the book that I emailed the author to commend her and she replied graciously.The fun thing about this book is that when I was younger, I had a similar plan: go to London. The book reminded me of how in the afternoons after school, 4 friends would laze around the benches and talk about going to London one day, how we might go separate ways in college only to find ourselves one day in the streets of London. Up to this moment, only one of us girls had the opportunity to travel around Europe( but she has yet to get a UK Visa since it's UK entry is not part of the Schengen Agreement).

To be a Princess, persistence and commitment to your dream is essential. Hold on to your dreams even if  achieving it feels like next to impossible.

Lastly, one must have grace under pressure.

Back then, there was a movie that I watched on the TV but I was very young and it was so hard to understand it. It was Princess Caraboo, it's a tale about a girl who fooled people into thinking that she was a Real Princess from a faraway land. For me, she was the prettiest Princess I've ever seen. (Of course back then, I didn't know about Audrey Hepburn yet or Grace Kelly). Princess Caraboo, played by Phoebe Cates, was taken into custody and tried for vagrancy and begging (?) but then she manages to convince them that she is indeed a Princess- grace under pressure.

Unlike in Fairytales, a lot of real life Princess stories didn't end up happily ever after. Princess Diana's bitter divorce and tragic death  is an example. I have also written about Hope Cooke who also became a Queen of Sikkim and her life after she married Sikkim's last King. I guess being a Princess, you have to made of tougher material because you can never know how your story would end. You have to resilient, to know how to pick up the pieces if life doesn't go your way and eventually leave a mark that would make you unforgettable like Princess Diana and Grace Kelly.

So much for this topic. I also find it befitting to include this piece of news. I am very happy for our Ms. Universe candidate Shamcey Supsup for placing fourth in the recently concluded Ms. Universe. I think that if given that question, I wouldn't have answered differently. Even if she didn't win the crown, I can never be so proud that such a woman of faith still exists today.

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Funny to note how Ms. Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete reminds me a bit of Kate  Middleton.

Ms. Universe 2010 from Mexico, Ximena Navarette

Rounding up this post, I am happy and proud of Lea Salonga as well. She was introduced as a Laurence Olivier awardee and the singing voice of Princess Jasmine and Mulan- Disney Princess. She also asked Ms. Angola's winning question.

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