Amy Schumer to Play Iconic Barbie in Upcoming Film
By Stephanie Padich--This past Friday, we found out that all-star comedian Amy Schumer has been chosen to play Mattel’s iconic Barbie in an upcoming PG live-action movie by Sony Pictures to be released in summer 2018. In the movie, Amy Schumer’s character gets ostracized for not being ‘perfect’ enough for Barbieland, landing her into the real world of modern day society (parallel to Disney’s Enchanted).
The movie challenges impossible body ideals bestowed on by society and concludes with Amy’s character realizing that self-worth does not come from what one looks like, but rather from one’s own authentic uniqueness—a truly positive message for all audiences to hear.
As a body-positive celebrity who has been known to put down body-shaming trolls on social media, Schumer was elated to find out that she was selected for this much-needed role. Of course, along with public praise, the news didn’t come without its body-bashing critiques, in which Schumer has handled gracefully with the following empowering statement:
Thanks to everyone for the kind words and support and again my deepest sympathy goes out to the trolls who are in more pain than we will ever understand. I want to thank them for making it so evident that I am a great choice… Anyone who has ever been bullied or felt bad about yourself I am out there fighting for you, for us. And I want you to fight for yourself too! We need to laugh at the haters and sympathize with them.
Schumer has been given permission to rework the script with her sister, Kim Caramele, allowing her to introduce her work to a new and younger demographic. Through this project, Schumer will be able to promote healthy female empowerment, putting a modern twist on what it means to be beautiful while addressing themes of feminism and identity.
With a self-aware narrative that reflects the bodies of real women, the Barbie movie is a big step forward for Mattel, the creator of the controversially unrealistic Barbie figure, to get with the times in support of the body positive movement that’s taking over the nation—and it’s about time!
The Barbie movie hasn’t been the only step Mattel has taken to enforce the body-positive movement and change their brand. Last month, Mattel released a Barbie doll replica of the famous body-positive plus-sized model, Ashley Graham. Also, Mattel has released three different-sized Barbie dolls to reflect the variety of real-women bodies; tall, petite, and curvy.
It’s amazing to see the strides that large and influential companies like Mattel are taking to combat body-shaming and embrace individual uniqueness. Slowly but surely, change is a-brewing—a beacon of hope for younger generations to grow into a body-positive world where body diversity is wholeheartedly celebrated and body-shaming is a thing of the past.
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