In an art installation by Ukrainian artist Taras Polataiko, girls must marry their Prince or Princess Charming
A woman taking part in a real life ‘Sleeping Beauty’ art installation was woken up by a lesbian kiss.
Five young, attractive women have been taking it in turns to sleep for three days in the National Art Museum in Kiev, Ukraine.
The women signed a contract pledging to marry the person who wakes them from their slumber, according to the Associated Foreign Press.
When participant Yana Gurzhiy felt a soft kiss on the forehead, she was surprised to find she had opened her eyes to her Princess Charming.
The 24-year-old, who usually works as a translator, said: ‘I was astonished when I opened my eyes and saw a girl.’
Unfortunately for the exhibition, it is illegal for two women in Ukraine to marry each other.
But Gurzhiy is adamant their non-traditional meeting was for a reason.
She said: ‘I believe it is not a coincidence we had to meet this way.
‘She’s a very interesting person, so I hope we’ll have some kind of professional and creative partnership.’
The Sleeping Beauty project is the brainchild of Ukrainian-born artist Taras Polataiko, who is currently based in Canada.
Polataiko said: ‘The idea behind the project is patience.
‘Our people can be patient for a long time. When Beauty is sleeping, the entire kingdom is sleeping. If the kingdom is to be woken, the Beauty must be woken.’
He added: ‘All the five girls I’ve chosen are gorgeous, smart and waiting for a true love.
‘We have three or four visitors every day willing to awake the Sleeping Beauty, both men and women.
‘This isn’t a marriage agency. It’s magic, it’s a fairy tale. No one knows how it will end.’
But for those hoping for a happy ending of their own will have to wait a little longer, as the exhibition closed on Sunday (9 September).