I’ve always thought the Winx were like cartoon supermodels, but I didn’t think Rainbow would turn them into real models.
Okay, real‘s the wrong word. “Real representations?” No, that’s still a little off.
Here’s what I mean. Winx Fairy Couture is just fashion illustration, like Stella’s sketches. Real designers use it to draft new clothes — how they’ll move, how they’ll shape the body, how the colors will blend together. Italy’s a fashion Mecca, so I guess Rainbow’s trying to hook an older, more fashion-conscious crowd with this style.
But with fashion illustration, it doesn’t matter if the make-believe model has twiggy arms and a size-0 waist. Aren’t the Winx are skinny enough already? This is worse! Look at their legs. You could snap them off at the knee!
And not to sound prudish, but some of the poses are a bit suggestive. This is on kids’ products, too, by the way.
I’m sure it sounds like I hate this art, but I don’t. Most of it seems tasteful. One of my favorite pics is from this winter event poster; it’s one of the cutest pics of Bloom I’ve ever seen.
But it doesn’t matter what a fan thinks. What will the whistleblowers say? They already call the Winx vulgar, anorexic, and other adjectives I can’t repeat because my blog is G-rated. Won’t this “confirm” their feelings?
And what about the parents who defend Winx Club? What will they think when they pick up Saving Alfea for their kids for Christmas?
Am I overthinking this? No. Remember the dad who got Winx dolls banned from Myer department stores in Australia? He thought Bloom was pole-dancing on the side of the Magic Wings Bloom box! That was just Nick’s Believix art! What would he think if he saw this?
Bottom line: Rainbow should have thought twice about Fairy Couture. Or at least, they should have known better than to bring it to “conservative” countries like the U.S. I hope Earthbound talks them out of it.
All it takes is one outcry for Winx to be cancelled for good. Best not to risk it.