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Barneys : Leave Minnie Mouse Alone
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Barneys : Leave Minnie Mouse Alone

    1. Ragen Chastain
    2. Petition by

      Ragen Chastain

      Los Angeles, CA

Barneys plans to dramatically alter Minnie Mouse's body - making her a 5'11 size 0 in order to "look good" in a Lanvin dress in the Barneys NYC window this holiday season.

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.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations for eating disorders in children younger than 12 years old rose by 119% from 1999 to 2006 according to a report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published in the journal Pediatrics.

According to sources cited on the non-profit National Association of Anorexia and Associated Eating Disorders website:

•47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.

• 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.

• 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.

• 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat.

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.

Recent signatures


    1. AP on Skinny Minnie: "Did Minnie Mouse do a catwalk cleanse?"

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Skinny Minnie: Disney fave gets Barneys makeover

      By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL The Associated Press NEW YORK - Did Minnie Mouse do a catwalk cleanse? For a brief moment in Barneys New York's upcoming holiday window display, Minnie becomes a long, lean high-fashion model - and the skinny Minnie is drawing some criticism.

    2. Plus Size Model Robyn Lawley & Lizzie Miller Join Campaign

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Barneys' decision to turn Minnie Mouse into a rail-thin model draws outrage

      Ragen Chastain, a positive body image blogger and L.A. dance teacher, started a petition drive on change.org calling for the upscale department store to pull the plug on the project. The petition has garnered more 125,000 supporters including True Blood star Kristin Bauer, Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen and Walt Disney's great-niece Abigail Disney.

    3. TV Guide Covers Star Support of #SkinnyMinnie Campaign

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Stars Speak Out Against Barneys Skinny Minnie Mouse Ad Campaign

      Celebrities including Virginia Madsen, 's Kristin Bauer van Straten and Disney heiress Abigail Disney are speaking out against a planned Barneys holiday ad campaign that features an "emaciated" version of Minnie Mouse. The celebs are among the thousands of supporters who believe the image promotes unhealthy body image issues among young women.

    4. Is Minnie Too Skinny? Salon says yes!

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Is Minnie too skinny?

      Fashion-forward, notoriously pricey department store Barney's New York has "embraced" pop culture by unveiling plans to present Disney characters in haute couture for its holiday window display. But these iconic cartoon bodies are now stretched so thin and tall that they resemble unrecognizable cartoon toothpicks rather than the corporate but cute Minnie, Goofy and Daisy Duck beloved by the children of the world.

    5. International Business Times Takes on Skinny Minnie

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      The International Business Times covered Ragen's petition today, noting that Disney descendant Abigail Disney has endorsed the campaign.

      Super Sexy Minnie Mouse Has Health Advocates Squeaking Mad

      "Electric Holiday," a forthcoming campaign from Barneys New York, features famous Disney characters as rail-thin runway models.

    6. Reached 100,000 signatures
    7. Fashion blog takes on trimmed down Minnie

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Styleite has picked up Ragen's petition, asking style savvy readers to weigh in. Check it out at the link below.

      Barneys Minnie Mouse Petition | Change.org | Styleite

      For the holiday season, Barneys and Disney teamed up on what sounded like a cool collaboration - our favorite animated characters were getting all gussied up in fashionable wares for a short 3D film. But Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, and others got more than just the high-fashion treatment - they all went on a digital diet.

    8. Reached 50,000 signatures
    9. HuffPo Covers Mini-Minnie, Asks For Reader Opinions

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Ragen's petition caught the eye of style writers at the Huffington Post. There's a poll at the bottom asking YOUR opinion on whether Barney's went too far. Over 60% say yes - weigh in at the link.

      Change.org To Barneys: Leave Minnie Mouse Alone!

      Back in August, when Barneys gave us all a sneak peek at its Disney-themed holiday campaign entitled "Electric Holiday," we were a bit taken aback: the preview pics showed Minnie Mouse, Cruella de Vil, Snow White and other favorite childhood characters seriously slimmed down, as if they'd undergone cartoon liposuction.

    10. Reached 40,000 signatures



    Oct 15, 2012

    Hell yes!! “@ShelbyKnox: Hey Abby! I'm working on too skinny Minnie - over 100k against it so far: http://t.co/rXKZi1As”

    Abigail Disney


    Oct 12, 2012

    Barney's : Leave Minnie Mouse Alone http://t.co/5JOxW4cK via @change

    virginia madsen


    Oct 12, 2012

    Barney's : Leave Minnie Mouse Alone http://t.co/IMI3NvJN via @change

    Kristin Bauer


    Oct 12, 2012

    For the disturbing Skinny Minnie campaign image & to sign petition: http://t.co/AEZYl68L

    Mireya Mayor, Ph.D.


    Oct 12, 2012

    Now Minnie Mouse is too "FAT" ..this is just too much @BarneysNY : Leave Minnie Mouse Alone http://t.co/6YHO7WfA

    Amanda de Cadenet


    Oct 12, 2012

    Barney's : Leave Minnie Mouse Alone http://t.co/bffJ6iBY via @change

    Katha Pollitt

    Reasons for signing

    • Robyn Wilson HOLLADAY, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      Give us girls a break! Leave the cartoon character alone, and pick a dress that isn't impossible for a real-live non-cartoon woman to wear.

    • Leslie Garcia CUMMING, GA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Minnie Mouse is an worldwide character known by almost all kids. The altered Minnie looks anorexic and deformed.

    • Alyssa Miner WATERTOWN, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's disgusting and a terrible model for young children. We already have enough problems with insecurity in kids because they want to be society's definition of "perfect". We should be promoting healthy things, especially to young children.

    • Joseph schultz LAKELAND, MN
      • almost 2 years ago

      I grew up on Disney, and it makes me sick to see a beloved Disney character be exploited like this in order to manipulate girls.

    • Sonja Brown DE SMET, ID
      • almost 2 years ago



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