Skinny Disney characters are poised to hit the runway in a new Barney’s New York ad campaign called “Electric Holiday.” Goofy, Daisy Duck and Minnie Mouse are three of the beloved cartoon characters that have been given an anorexic makeover. For the ill-conceived ad campaign, the traditional characters have been reborn as sickly stick-figures with tiny heads that still look enormous compared with their narrow bodies and unrealistically small feet.
Why have the skinny Disney characters been created? Their original body types simply were not good enough to showcase the fashions that Barney’s New York ad campaign wanted to display. According to an Aug. 30, 2012 report by WebProNews, “High-end designers Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, and Balmain have all offered up their threads for the new models to wear.”
“When we got to the moment when all Disney characters walk on the runway, there was a discussion. The standard Minnie Mouse will not look so good in a Lanvin dress. There was a real 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.”
Do the new skinny Disney characters send the right message to children, or for that matter, adults? The answer is obvious. Disney’s famous princesses have been criticized in the past for setting a poor example with their miniscule waists and slim bodies, but the princesses look positively obese when compared to a Minnie Mouse with pencil-thin arms and legs. The new incarnations of these characters is nothing short of a travesty.