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Monday, December 04, 2017

Hands up all those who are not charmed and floored by the fairytale appeal of a princess. What, no hands? Turns out, all the world’s a sucker for the proverbial princess and cannot resist a fairytale. Well, then, this seems to be the official season of princesses.

First off, our Haryanvi belle, Manushi Chillar, won the Miss World title and embarked upon her princess journey with a glittering crown on her head. Everyone from Narendra Modi, to all manner of VIPs, is rushing to meet and greet her. What magic a crown on the head creates!

Soon next came Prince Harry with his princess-in-waiting, the American actress Meghan Markle, who is currently dominating social media with a flurry of excitement in the wake of their engagement.

Last, but not least, came Ivanka Trump at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Hyderabad, with stardust sprinkled on her posh blonde locks. She may not be a princess, but she’s an heiress. Heck, isn’t that one and the same thing!

Whilst your Diarist is as enthralled by princesses as anyone else, and admits that they are incredibly easy on the eye, what is disconcerting is the newfound zeal to cast these lovely ladies as “women of substance”.

Come on, what happened to the good, old fashioned approach of admiring a beautiful woman for her beauty and not having to pretend that she is a social reformer, or an activist, or a savior of lost souls?

Yes, Manushi Chillar is a svelte and sultry beauty queen — but is she really a champion for women’s empowerment?

Sure, Meghan Markle did a great job in her hit series, Suits, and is a well known actress and model — but is she necessarily a lofty anti-race activist?

Of course, Ivanka Trump is the very attractive first daughter of the United States of America and a sharp, successful business woman to boot — but is she actually a champion for gender equality in the workplace?

Let us not thrust these young ladies into shoes they may never be able to fill. Let us leave them to their stilettos and laud scores of other real women of substance who may not be living the proverbial fairytale, but have many an inspirational tale to tell nonetheless.

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