There is a new movie version of “Snow White” coming out next month. The poster:
Another promotional picture from the movie:
Can we please take official note that the seven dwarves are the only people in the promotional materials for the movie who are allowed to look “ethnic” (i.e., not Anglo-Saxon or Nordic) in any way? I would be fascinated, in fact, to find out how many of them had their skins darkened for either this picture or the movie itself. Also, we apparently get to tell them apart by their hats.
Mirror, Mirror is being promoted in print as a kick-ass, independent-princess version of the old Brothers Grimm tale. That, of course, is the story in which the childless queen wishes for a daughter with “skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as dark as ebony.”
This Snow White doesn’t really have lips as red as blood in the movie. Her beauty doesn’t appear to be the thing that primarily attracts the prince, and it’s straightforward sexual jealousy over the prince that makes an enemy of the queen in this version instead of the nebulous “who’s the fairest” sort from the fairy tale. Snow White has human-colored (albeit shiny) lips in much of the promotional material. When your main character is supposed to be unnaturally beautiful, that’s an aesthetic decision that would have been roundly discussed.
So what’s up with the really obvious lipstick in these photos, and apparently in the scenes where Snow White is wearing this outfit? Are we not supposed to notice that these legendary “natural beauties” have been blatantly painted with modern cosmetics? Or is that natural beauty still–somehow–not supposed to be enough for us?