On the tails of a massive marketing blitz of all things tiara-ed, the ancient childhood appeal of the fairy-tale heroine has exploded into a modern princess industrial complex. Amid thousands of princess products and millions of begowned little girls, it turns out there is a decent living to be made by chipper-voiced entrepreneurs ready to displace the old party clown. Here, we follow one such Cinderella on a recent Sunday afternoon.
March 3, 2013 Rebecca Russell takes a moment to put the finishing touches on her Cinderella costume in her car before making her surprise entry into a children’s princess-themed birthday party in Chantilly. “I think I’ve done more than 800 parties now,” said Russell, owner and principal Cinderella of Princess Parties of Virginia. “It’s just getting busier and busier.” Katherine Frey/The Washington Post Buy Photo