Koren was not born a princess, nor has she married into a royal family but, thanks to her business, Once Upon Your Princess Party, she’s found a way to live out many a young person’s fantasy and make a living while dressed as a princess.
Armed with a wig, fancy frock and clever styling, the 23-year-old trained actress and MGA Academy of Performing Arts graduate can transform herself into a host of iconic princesses – taking on not just their look, but their mannerisms and charm too.
Once transformed, she can sing, dance and liven up any party.
Discussing the business idea, she said: “I noticed there were no princess parties in Dumfries and Galloway and I thought it would be a perfect business for the local area as princesses are so popular with children and there are always birthday parties happening.
“I also love princesses too so it doesn’t feel like work for me and I can be a princess for the day . . . nothing beats that.”
Currently the young actress is on tour starring as Goldilocks in Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
She said: “Children’s theatre is my forte and I really enjoy it so I thought I could set up my own business and show everyone my love for performing.”
A lifelong princess fan herself, she said: “My favourite princess is Merida. I love how she is different to all other princesses and doesn’t need a prince to make her happy. I also love how feisty and brave she is and she’s Scottish.”
She added: “I love it when the children actually believe I am the real life princess and they are lost for words that I came to their party and played games and sang songs with them and their friends. That’s when I know I’ve done a good job when they truly believe I am the princess and their little faces light up.”