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Disney Characters Go High-Fashion! Are They Too Skinny??
Barneys New York and The Walt Disney Co. have joined together to create an “Electric Holiday” for the holiday season. The campaign, which will be unveiled Nov. 14, turns “Disney’s most favorite heroes into runway supermodels and fashion regulars into Disney types.”
Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Daisy Duck, Cruella de Vil, Princess Tiana, and Snow White are all making an appearance, donning designer clothing as they walk the runway.
“For the occasion, Mickey is dressed by Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga, Minnie by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin, Goofy by Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, Daisy by Dolce & Gabbana, Cruella by Rick Owens, Princess Tiana by Proenza Schouler and Snow White by Peter Copping for Nina Ricci.”
While it’s been said that the campaign will surely entertain people of all ages, there are some who are already questioning the model-ready versions of the adored Disney characters. Huffington Post compares Minnie, Goofy, and Daisy to Kate Moss, saying they look “creepily reed-thin, in the way only a cartoon character can.”
Huffington Post goes on to ask, “Could giving characters beloved by children the ‘thinspo’ treatment be a bad idea?”
Creative Director Dennis Freedman said, “The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress … I said, ‘If we’re going to make this work, we have to have a 5-foot-11 Minnie,’ and they agreed. When you see Goofy, Minnie and Mickey, they are runway models.”
In the past, other artistic renditions have given Disney characters unique makeovers as well – Ariel has had plastic surgery, Jasmine turned into a machete-wielding ninja, Snow White left Weight Watchers behind and grew a behind, and Belle’s fashion sense landed her on the cover of Vogue.
Do you think that these high-fashion, “thinspo” versions of the Disney characters will leave a bad impression in the minds of our children? Will this harm the images our children have of what is healthy, versus what is not? Or, are you a fan of these images and think this is all harmless fun? What’s your opinion?
Image via wwd.com
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