Another Barbie parody account has officially joined the roster: Barbie Savior. She is a young Jesus-loving damsel who leaves her pampered life to save orphans in Africa. The photos have been edited in several ways to make it appear that Barbie Savior is indeed fulfilling her mission.
Barbie Savior already managed to gain 5,800 followers in just five weeks. Many find Barbie Savior's adventures hilarious, particularly the captions and hashtags all cloaked in sarcasm. Some, however, commented that the photos might be disrespectful to "white persons" who are actually extending humanitarian services to Africa.
Barbie Savior says the hardest part of going to Africa is not parting ways with her lavish lifestyle, but leaving Ken. Nonetheless, she was touched by how her beau expressed his support – through a tattoo.In this photo, Barbie Savior lauds her new friend, Promise, for looking stunning even if she has "no running water, no makeup, no clothes but the ones she herself has sewn, and no strict diet to follow." She takes "selfies" to a different level by using the slums as her background, hence the term "slumfie." Even if she has access to medicine, Barbie Savior refuses to take it because she wants to feel the people's struggles. Barbie Savior, of course, doesn't waste the opportunity to have photos with orphans. Apart from spending time with kids and distributing high heels to women, Barbie Savior also launched the Harness the Tears campaign during her stay in Africa.
"Ever since I've been here, I've been crying almost 90% of the time. I realized how wasteful that was as there is such a need for water here! Given the fact that I've always wanted to be a CEO and I'm already 20 years old, I figured it was time to get moving! With that, I introduce to you, my new NGO, Harness the Tears! Please donate as much as your emotional self allows before your rational self questions any of my qualifications, legitimacy, or effectiveness."
Throughout the years, several Barbie parody accounts have emerged. Socality Barbie, for example, has more than a million followers. The account is owned by a photographer from Portland, Oregon, who is bored with all the superficiality online.
Underneath the funny posts of Socality Barbie is the reminder that people shouldn't feel lacking when seeing their friends' seemingly glamorous photos because everything looks better with an Instagram filter.
There's also A Doll World After All that was started by Swedish magazine editor Ronny Larsson. In the account, Barbie imitates the headlines that went viral on social media just like the infamous Miss Universe announcement.Mattel has not yet addressed the existence of accounts parodying its most iconic toy. Last year, the company received praises for its Moschino Barbie advertisement featuring a boy playing with the collector's edition doll. Mattel was commended for its effort to crush gender norms in advertising.
It was later revealed that Moschino had a big role in developing the video, which claims to "parody iconic Barbie commercials from the 1980's." Creative director Jeremy Scott told BBC News that the ad was a representation of his younger self who loved to play with Barbie regardless of society's opinions.
"When I dreamt up the concept for the Moschino Barbie fauxmercial, I felt it was natural to have a little boy representing for all the little boys like myself who played with Barbies growing up. Barbie was more than a toy, she was a muse for me."
[Image via Barbie Savior/Instagram]