Alison Teal, Time Magazine’s Female Indiana Jones, sets off to the coast of West Africa for a “surfari” when she suddenly finds herself on a wild and comedic quest that takes her from the middle of a volcano in the Canary Islands to the castle of King Henry II in France, where she uncovers the incredible TRUE STORY behind her favorite childhood fairy tale – Beauty and the Beast.
We only had one day to capture the recreation photos at the castle and during the shoot a massive windstorm swept in and billowed under my huge hoop skirt which almost threw me off the castle wall into the moat! I felt like a true adventure princess on a mission to restore morals and magic to our world.
The castles featured in the shoots are Chenonceau Castle and Blois Castle – two of the most sensational places on earth with the nicest people surrounded by a beautifully intricate landscape.
MORAL OF THE STORY:
In keeping with my Alison’s Adventures theme to educate through entertainment, I want to portray through my exploration of the real events behind Beauty and the Beast, “Don’t judge a beast by its cover.” Today’s media is bombarded with examples of cyberbullying and physical hatred. This story imparts the lesson that we must not judge a person by their appearance.
Like many little girls, I looked up to Belle, our heroine of the story, since she is strong, smart, and driven. With my film and photo series, I hope to inspire women to persevere on their own path to success and happiness. Part of that is not letting the negativity and judgment of others prevent them from achieving their greatest dreams.