"Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand"
The original story of the little mermaid is that she must kill the prince in order to be human, and in the end, she loves him too much and kills herself instead.
The artwork is too great not to reblog.
Ok, ok - important expansion: she only has to kill the Prince because the deal was if he fell in love with her she could be human forever, and he didn’t. By which I mean, he was a good person and genuinely nice to her, but he didn’t fall in love. He fell in love with someone else, also perfectly nice - not the seawitch in disguise, fu Disney. The Mermaid is told she can only return to the sea now if she kills the Prince. She goes into the room where he and his lover lie sleeping and they look so beautiful and happy together that she can’t do it.
That’s why she kills herself. And because it was a noble act she returns to sea as foam.
One moral of the story was that women shouldn’t fundamentally change who they are for love of a man, and in theory Han Christian Anderson wrote it for a ballerina with whom he fell in love. She was marrying someone else who wouldn’t let her dance.
Well shit man
(Source: xxdardarxx, via prguitarman)
THIS IS SO FUCKING IMPORTANT!
black ballerina excellence
So gorgeous and elegant
Why is this important? i see a girl doing ballet, stop outlining difference, its important we just admire the skills, and afore mentioned ellegance
First of all shut the fuck up and have several seats
and heres why in Michaela’s own words what she had to go through beig BLACK and still goes through
When she was around 8 and rehearsing for The Nutcracker, just a few days before the performance she was told, “I’m sorry, you can’t do it. America’s not ready for a black girl ballerina.”
For Michaela, “to say this to an 8-year-old is just devastating. It was terrible.”
When she was 9, a teacher told her mother: “I don’t like to put money into black dancers because they grow up and end up having big boobs and big hips.”
The dancer looked down at her petite figure and protested, “I don’t have boobs. I don’t get it.”
Instead of getting her down, “It makes me more determined,” she said. “Because I’ve been through so much, I know now that I can make it and I can help other kids who have been in really bad situations realize that they can make it too.”
This is why it is important, for little Black girls to see a black ballerina made it despite being discriminated against because of her skin color!!!
Hers was definitely the most absorbing story in the documentary First Position, her early years in Sierra Leone, the shit she put up with from dance instructors, the shit she put up with from the parents of other girls she was dancing with growing up who would just say things like “Oh black girls can’t be ballerinas” to her mother as though it was a casual fact and not a horrifically racist and demotivational claim to make. What she’s gone through as a person with vitilago, both as a dancer and as a child in the orphanage where they said her pigmentation made her a “devil child”. And just how hard she works ON TOP of the energy she has to spend dealing with people who try to tear her down. In the documentary she trains so hard for the youth Grand Prix that she injures herself in such a way that dancing more before recuperating could potentially cause her permanent career-ending injury, but she does it anyway because she knows how important the scholarships offered to competitors are and wins one.
She’s a super amazing person, I’m so happy every time I hear other people bring her up.
her skin is a constellation of stars in a night sky