Though “Cinderella” can be classified as a “rags to riches” tale, I have personally never considered it as such. To me, it has always been what we discussed in class: a story about sibling rivalry, where Cinderella must take the high road in her war against her sisters (a war that they started) to ultimately be rewarded with a marriage to the prince. However, it can be construed as such: magic is used to help Cinderella acheive marriage, which ultimately gives her riches. She could not have acheived riches herself; she needed the magic of the birds/tree/fairy godmother, etc., to get a dress suitable to attend the ball in the first place. Her attendance at the ball in a splendid dress got her the prince, which makes her a (rich) princess. Had she not married the prince, she probably would have been a poor servant for the rest of her life.
If we were looking at this in realistic terms, magic is a non-issue. However, there is little else that Cinderella could have done to acheive riches. She would not have been able to go out and get a secretary position: her choices were limited to maid, cook, or in the worst case, prostitute. So, she did need the prince to acheive her status. She could not have done it on her own.