Ooops! The House of Mouse has made a big fashion faux pas with their new Disney Villains Designer Collection. The line of dolls, accessories, makeup and home items featuring stylish redesigns of six of their evil leading ladies was announced last week. Cruella, Ursula, Mother Gothel, the Evil Queen, Maleficent, and the Queen of Hearts will all be wearing new gowns inspired by runway fashions and, in the case of Ursula and the Queen of Hearts, new teeny waistlines.
Fat is out and frail is in.
|The new line. Ursula's in the middle and the Queen of Hearts is just to the right of her.|
Now, you guys know me. I love Disney's villainesses, I love fashion, and I also rarely get my rant on so I'm sure you'll understand how annoyed I have to be to say...
Look. We all know being obese, by which I mean the clinical definition and not just a few pounds overweight, is unhealthy. It puts a strain on your heart, is a contributing factor to diabetes and other health problems, et cetera. However, this doesn't mean we should turn a blind eye to the negative impact the redesign will have on the self-esteem of fans.
Mouseketeers, get your ears on 'cause I've got something you need to hear. Fat girls can be fabulous.
Just look at Ursula. The part-octopus works that Little Black Dress like no other Disney antagonist. She took Coco Chanel's advice about accessories to heart with her single gold shell pendant and understated earrings. Ursula also has a flair for the dramatic with her cherry red lipstick and matching manicure. Face it, she was the height of fashion way before anyone attempted a redo.
Sure, Disney wants a new look for the Villain Designer collection. I get that. Ladies like to update their wardrobe. However, there's no need for a tummy tuck for the Red Queen or Ursula to accomplish this. Take Heidi Anderson's Ursula in the US regional premiere of Disney's stage production of The Little Mermaid for example. She sure looks a hell of a lot like the new redesign but without the nipped waist, if you ask me.
So, what exactly is going on at the House of Mouse? Our friends over at Tor think it might have something to do with the cost of producing the dolls. The UK's Daily Mail asked for a response but Disney wasn't available for a comment. What do you think? Did Disney just let a lot of women down by dumping the fat girls?