Snow White

From the Brothers Grimm to today

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall…” And each of us probably still knows “who’s the fairest of them all.” It’s about a 19th-century German fairy tale which, along with others like Little Red Riding Hood or The princess and the pea, is today known widely across the Western world. Published in 1812 by the Brothers Grimm, in the first edition of their collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales, it was titled Sneewittchen and numbered as Tale 53.

Since then, there have been many versions and variations of the story — the Grimms completed their final revision in 1854. One of the best known is certainly the Walt Disney’s 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. And since besides the dwarfs, the fairy tale features such elements as the magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the glass coffin, and the characters of the evil queen, there really is a great deal of depictions which inspired and continue to inspire artists from all over the world, from illustration to street art — not to mention the funny or slutty versions which are indeed quite sizeable. In fact, today Snow White became a real sex symbol, a controversial identity that allows her to still be one of the most loved characters of all time.

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