Homecoming, Prom, Formal all bring up that quintessential moment as a girl, that Cinderella moment when everyone sees how beautiful you are. Years of watching perfect princesses and rags-to-riches high school movies have given young girls the impression that this is the goal of school dances. As a fantasy writer, I had longed for this unobtainable moment, and I had gotten pretty close at Prom. But why worry about Cinderella when most girls don’t feel comfortable in their own skin?
The Real Cinderella Moments:
- Getting ready with friends. It’s always better than the actual dance because you’re ex-boyfriends/ex-girlfriends/ex-friends aren’t there.
- Pictures. After that point, your curls can uncurl and the pins can fall out. All of the pressure to look perfect disappears.
- Dancing like no one is watching. Who cares if your hair is a mess and you’re dateless? You came to the dance to dance. Plus, it’s a good workout.