BRITNEY MINNIE ALONE!
That's what blogger and dancer Ragen Chastain demands in a petition intended for Barneys' display communications manager, Rick Barroso.
The catalyst was the swanky department store's model makeover they gave to Minnie Mouse for their Disney-themed Electric Holiday windows.
Rather than featuring the polka dot dress-wearing rodent we all know and love, Minnie was transformed into a 5'11, size 0 mouse so she could "look good" in a Lanvin dress.
Chastain was horrified to see Minnie's new look and wants Barneys to change her back to normal because it's sending the wrong message to young girls.
On her petition she writes:
"There is nothing wrong with tall thin women. There is something wrong with changing a beloved children’s character’s body so that it looks good in a dress that almost nobody looks good in - adding to the tremendous pressure on young girls and women to attain photoshop perfection. The problem isn’t with Minnie’s body, it’s with a dress that only looks good on a woman who is 5’11 and a size zero.
That little girl who is going to become a 5’4, size 12 woman can’t just become a 5’11, size 0 woman when she wants to fit into a dress that was designed by someone who couldn't be bothered to make a dress that looks good on someone who is not a model.
Girls have enough pressure to be thin, now the beloved Disney mouse of their childhood has to add to the message that the only good body is a tall, size 0 body? Enough already. Let’s give girls a chance to celebrate the actual bodies they have instead hating them for not fitting into a Lanvin dress. Then maybe enough girls will get together and demand dresses that look good on their actual, non-digitally altered bodies and designers will just have to become talented enough to design a dress that looks good on them."
So far, the petition has been signed by 114,957 people who support Chastain and you can too, here.
Tags: barneys, electric holiday, lanvin, minnie mouse, petition, rick barroso