““I think Cinderella might be there,” my mom whispered while suiting me up for a friend’s birthday party.
My 4-year-old self was giddy with excitement that, despite her normal routine as a two-dimensional cartoon character, Cinderella was going to transform herself into a full-fledged human being for a single afternoon. I don’t remember exactly how this Cinderella in the flesh looked ― whether she was naturally blond or donning a wig, if she chose to wear glass slippers or opted for more practical sneakers. All I remember is the untarnished awe I felt in her presence. She was the real deal.
Who are the real-life women who spend their work days in a bedazzled tiara, making little kids cry happy tears for around $60 to $80 an hour? Photographer Brian Shumway documented five such princess impersonators in and around New York City.”