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Minnie Mouse Not So Mini Accordingly To Barney’s Window Store Display

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A department store is making Minnie Mouse look extremely tall and skinny for a holiday window display.
Sign Ragen’s Petition

Tamisha –

What’s the world coming to when we’re telling little girls that Minnie Mouse is too fat? Believe it or not, that’s exactly what the department store Barney’s is doing.

For a holiday window display, Barney’s and Disney have agreed to showcase Minnie Mouse wearing a designer dress — and distorted so she looks like she’s 5’11” and size 0.

I work with kids who have eating disorders, so I’m not exaggerating when I say the message this sends is deadly. According to one study, hospitalization for children younger than 12 with eating disorders went up 119% from 1999 to 2006. Younger than 12.

I don’t think Barney’s and Disney should be telling little girls that Minnie Mouse needs to be skinnier, so I started a petition on Change.org asking them to cancel this window display. Click here to add your name.

Studies warn again and again of the dangers of promoting an unrealistic body image. 81% of 10-year-old girls say they’re afraid of being fat, and 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade say they want to be thinner because of the pictures they see in magazines.

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.

Earlier this year, Seventeen magazine agreed to stop photoshopping all models after 75,000 people signed a petition asking them to do so on Change.org. I know that if enough people sign my petition, we can convince Barney’s and Disney not to distort Minnie Mouse to make her look tall and skinny.

Click here to sign my petition calling on Barney’s and Disney to leave Minnie Mouse alone.

Thank you,

Ragen Chastain
Los Angeles, California

I received the following email today in my inbox. I found this both shocking and disturbing. I signed the petition. Thoughts?

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Categories: Fashion

Author:Tamisha Monet

Fashion Editor (iStyleFashionBeauty.com) Tamisha Monet calls Oakland home as a Bay Area native but resides in Houston. She's a staff writer for The Rouge Collection magazine, in their Beauty and Style department. She is the art contributor for the West Coast division of F.A.M.E. The Experience magazine. In the blogosphere, she’s worked with Vogue, Lexus, True Religion and more. She works as a Business Life Coach for various fashion and beauty start-ups through her company iStyle Fashion and Beauty Society.

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