Princess Diana for a Day


As a little girl, I had one big dream: to becoming a nurse-princess. Sure, it hadn’t been done before, but I could have certainly been the first. I’d wear scrubs by day and gowns by night, and it all sounded rather practical until I learned that nurses have to deal with…blood. The very word made me weak in the veins. Upon this realization, I was forced to settle on a career as princess; life can be so unfair at times.

High school proved to be a bit of bummer on account of Queen Renaldi’s no-show. While I was lucky enough to marry my Prince Charming, our castle turned out to be an always too hot upstairs apartment.

Time marched on and I had two little princes of my own. Just when it seemed my royal dreams weren’t meant to be, Babble invited me to portray Princess Diana in honor of Women’s History Month, highlighting one of 49 Great Moms in History!


I was excited and nervous and honored and eager because PRINCESS DIANA. Not only was she an incredible mother, she was an iconic beauty, champion for children, and true humanitarian who meant so much to all of us.

The day of the photo shoot, I headed to the studio to get my transformation on. The hair and makeup team was incredible!

Here’s a scared selfie I sent my husband from the bathroom.


SO MUCH FEATHER. My 5th grade self would have been so jealous of this picture-perfect Diana do!

Michelle Villemaire of Home Made Mimi was there, too. Didn’t she make the most perfect Audrey Hepburn?


The team was hard at work perfecting every shot with Michelle.


With generations of incredible mothers to capture that day, they had their work cut out for them.


Soon, it was my turn. With butterflies fluttering inside that signature white Diana gown, I was crowned with a tiara and given a bouquet of fresh flowers.

The result…


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Amazing, right? The pearls. The wedding ring. The everything!


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I have to admit, modeling was hard. Like, really hard. I felt very trapped by my hands. Suddenly, they were no longer hands, but weird pieces of anatomy I had no idea what to do with. And my shoulders. They kept creeping up on me. And my breathing. I don’t think I did very much of that, which meant I was stiff. So stiff. Total Mrs. Roboto stiff. Thankfully, Megan, Babble/Disney Interactive’s Senior Content Strategist was there, helped me along with each and every shot like my human security blanket.

Here she is!


When the shoot was over, I took a deep breath and Megan took a few more pictures for posterity.


Megan, stop making me laugh!


I guess you could say fairy tales really do come true!

Check out Babble’s amazing Great Moms in History video below and be sure to check out all 49 incredible moms who have given so much to all of us.

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