Tuesday, 23 October 2012
I was browsing stories at People online and my daughter Ava (6) was sitting next to me watching The Cat In the Hat on television...but she was really peeking over at the computer. I knew she was. You're crazy if you think your kids aren't watching everything you're doing. Anyway, I came across this article, New "Skinny Minnie" Mouse Angers Body-Image Activists.
Barneys New York's holiday display features a madeover Minnie Mouse, possibly in commemoration of her 84th birthday. I showed my daughter the picture in the article, the one I put on this one as well. Since I knew she had seen it anyway, I opened dialogue about it. I asked her what she thought of it? Which picture did she prefer and why? What differences did she notice between the two Minnies?
She thankfully preferred the traditional Minnie Mouse. She said she was "cuter." When I asked her what was different about the madeover Minnie, the first thing she pointed to were her legs. "Those are smaller." Then, "Her eyes are a different color." I'm assuming she means the make-up. Then she noticed, which I did not, that the madeover Minnie's ears are pointed, "like a fox."
So, the good news is, at least my daughter prefers the normal Minnie Mouse. The bad news? She knew right away, at first notice, that the difference was weight. In order to be "high fashion" Minnie got skinny-fied.
What do you think of the makeover? Is it appropriate? Is it a big deal, or no big deal?