Weird History

Was There A Real-Life Inspiration For Snow White?

Did you know there's a real-life Snow White? The real life stories and inspirations behind classic childhood fairy tales, like the tragic and very real couple who inspired Beauty and the Beast, are fascinating, if not a bit detrimental to childhood memories. After all, every story has an inspiration, or an origin, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves is no exception.

Snow White's story was first made popular by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s, and has been engrained into pop culture with the advent of the adorable 1937 Disney movie version. Although the tale seems far fetched — a beautiful girl is sent to be killed by her stepmother, and has to live among dwarves in the forest until she is poisoned, only to be rescued by a magical royal kiss — it was actually inspired by potentially one of two women, and the equally intricate and devastating lives they lived. The real Snow White story is farther from fiction than you'd have ever guessed.