So…we all know the Disney version of The Little Mermaid but I find the original version much more interesting. Actually, when it comes to fairy tales, the original is almost always better and way weirder. Anywho, the Disney version veers off after Ariel (if that is her real name) rescues the prince. The traditional telling has her drop him off at a temple until a girl comes and finds him. The mermaid is in love with the prince (riighhhht) so she sells her tongue to the sea witch for legs. Her new legs are so great they feel like stepping on knives every time she walks. Lucky for her the prince starts falling for her and LOVES to see her dance. Painful, right? In the end, the prince goes for the girl who rescued him at the temple and coincidentally enough, she’s a princess. YAAAAY! Now the mermaid has no soul because only the prince could give her a soul by marrying her…hmmmm. So, to exact revenge her sisters sell their hair for a dagger. If the mermaid stabs the prince and lets his blood drip on her feet she can return and be a mermaid. Weakling that she is she couldn’t bring herself to do it and threw herself off a cliff into the sea. WHAT?!
1. Look, I have legs now.
Dress by Nina Ricci, shoes by Aquilano Rimondi
2. Please don’t make me dance…
Dress by Dolce and Gabbana, jacket by Aquilano Rimondi, shoes by Alexander Mcqueen
3. I’ll just jump off this cliff now
Dress by Akris, shoes by Diane von Furstenberg
All images from Vogue.