Disney Characters Go High-Fashion! Are They Too Skinny??

Friday, August 31st, 2012 by from Buzzworthy Bulletins

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 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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Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Avatar of LIZ says:

    i always told my baby this is just tv for fun, i dont want her to take them as a row models

  2. Avatar of peaches0408 peaches0408 says:

    I think these characters will promote self-image issues in young girls, starting at a younger age. It sends the wrong image to very impressionable children.

  3. Avatar of Jennifer Jennifer says:

    They were drawn doing worse even in the beginning. If you think your child will have issues with strange characters wearing over-the-top fashions, much like every day models, then don’t have them watch it. I think some issues are just being nitpicked and the focus should be on the characters they see regularly. Seeing a 5’11" extra skinny Minnie Mouse one time will surely do less damage than watching a favorite character on a TV show that encourages body image issues.

  4. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    I’m not a fan at all…

  5. Avatar of emi285 emi285 says:

    They are cartoons, and drawn to look like what a "cartoon model prototype" would look like in most minds. It’s not like Disney is changing how these characters look forever, just for this one thing. A little creepy/weird/questionable to me, but it may be fun…who knows. If you are worried about your childs take on it or having body issues from it…don’t let them see it.

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