Thursday, November 1, 2012

Skinny Minnie?

  • Disney and Barneys Minnie Mouse's super fashion makeover for the holiday windows shown on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, right.  >
Disney and Barneys Minnie Mouse's super fashion makeover for the…

Skinny Minnie: Slimmed-down Disney toon sparks outrage

      Get this mouse a cheeseburger!
      Under fire from fashion industry  insiders,  celebrities and more, Barneys, the high-end department store responsible for Minnie Mouse’s high-fashion makeover, is defending its decision to turn the lovable character in to an anorexic supermodel for its holiday display.
      "We are saddened that activists have repeatedly tried to distort a lighthearted holiday project in order to draw media attention to themselves," Disney and Barneys said in a joint statement to the News.
      "They have deliberately ignored previously released information clearly stating this promotion is a three-minute ‘moving art’ video featuring traditional Minnie Mouse in a dreamlike sequence set in Paris where she briefly walks the runway as a model and then happily awakens as her normal self wearing the very same designer dress from the fashion show."
      Barneys maintains that the skinny mouse only appears briefly in a dream sequence within the store's "Electric Holiday" campaign that features a 3-D light show and short film.
      For her Madison Avenue holiday debut, Minnie swaps her trademark polka dots for a ruffled Lavin mini dress paired with opera gloves and stilettos, complete with a teeny tiny waist and toothpick-thin legs. She'll be joined by designer clad Mickey, Goofy, Daisy, Cruella, Princess Tiana and Snow White, who are all making their incredibly shrinking debut as part of the store's much-anticipated window display, which will be unveiled on Nov. 14.
      The decision to drastically alter Minnie's body resulted from a meeting of Barneys and Disney   bigwigs.
      "When we go to the moment when all Disney characters would walk on the runway, there was a discussion," Barneys creative director Dennis Freedman, told Women's Wear Daily. "The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a moment of silence, because these characters don't change. 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."
But plus-sized model Lizzie Miller was appalled.
      "People may think it's blowing it out of proportion, but where does it stop?" asked Miller. "This is a big step backwards."

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