Cinderella at Hong Kong Disneyland. by Ralph de Zilva

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Cinderella and The Little Glass Slipper is a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward. Thousands of variants are known throughout the world. The title character is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune. The word “cinderella” has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes are unrecognised, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect. The still-popular story of “Cinderella” continues to influence popular culture internationally, lending plot elements, allusions, and tropes to a wide variety of media.

The Cinderella theme may well have originated in classical antiquity. The Ancient Greek historian Strabo recorded in the 1st century BC the tale of the Greco-Egyptian girl Rhodopis, “rosy-cheeked”, who lived in the Greek colony of Naucratis in Ancient Egypt. It is often considered the oldest known version of the story:
They tell the fabulous story that, when she was bathing, an eagle snatched one of her sandals from her maid and carried it to Memphis. While the king was administering justice in the open air, the eagle, when it arrived above his head, flung the sandal into his lap. The king, having been stirred both by the beautiful shape of the sandal and by the strangeness of the occurrence, sent men in all directions into the country in quest of the woman who wore the sandal. When she was found in the city of Naucratis, she was brought up to Memphis and became the wife of the king.
Herodotus, some five centuries before Strabo, supplied further information about Rhodopis in his Histories, writing that Rhodopis came from Thrace, and was the slave of Iadmon of Samos, and a fellow-slave of Aesop. She was taken to Egypt in the time of Pharaoh Amasis, and freed there for a large sum by Charaxus of Mytilene, brother of Sappho, the lyric poet.
The story later reappears with Aelian (ca. 175–ca. 235), showing that the Cinderella theme remained popular throughout antiquity.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • RichardKlos
    RichardKlosabout 3 years ago

    Excellent capture!

  • Thanks very much Richard.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful image

  • Thank you Jean.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 3 years ago

    excellent portrait Ralph..cheers.

  • Thanks a lot Warren.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ellanita
    Ellanitaabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous !!!! Great writing…

  • Thank you so much Ellanita.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you Luda.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldabout 3 years ago

    and what a pretty representation on this disney character, nice portrait

  • Thank you so much Lynda for the lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • CapricornDancer
    CapricornDancerabout 3 years ago

    Congrats this image was also chosen by me in the world around us group hosts picks of the week.

  • What an honour, thank you so much Steve. Much appreciated.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • henuly1
    henuly1about 3 years ago

    nice sharp photo and beautiful lady!

  • So sorry for having missed your comment. Thanks all the same.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRoseover 2 years ago

    A very beautiful Cinderella and very interesting background information. I seldom add people to my Favourites, but this one is going to be an exception.

  • Thank you Kathryn for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • xzendor7
    xzendor7almost 2 years ago

    Excellent Photo, She Looks Like The Real Thing Of The Animated Disney Character. FV / FB

  • Many thanks for the wonderful comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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