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Walt Disney's iconic character Minnie Mouse, the long-time sweetheart of Mickey Mouse, is getting a major wardrobe update in honor of Women's History month in March, the company said.
Her classic white gloves, red bow, polka-dot dress with white bloomers and low-heeled shoes first debuted in 1928. Now, British designer Stella McCartney is given her a more progressive and modern look in 2022.
— Disneyland Paris EN (@DisneyParis_EN) January 25, 2022
"I wanted Minnie to wear her very first pantsuit at Disneyland Paris, so I have designed one of my iconic costumes – a blue tuxedo – using responsibly sourced fabrics," McCartney said in an official release. "This new take on her signature polka dots makes Minnie Mouse a symbol of progress for a new generation."
The outfit change has been met with both compliments and criticism, coming on the heels of the debate over the recent
Très chic! https://t.co/sDsqu4NEKQ
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 27, 2022
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, known for her pantsuits, tweeted, "Très chic!" — while political commentator Candace Owens criticized the new look during a Fox News appearance.
“They’re taking all of these things that nobody was offended by and feel like they have to get rid of them and destroy them because they’re bored.” - @realcandaceo on Disney changing Minnie Mouse’s outfit pic.twitter.com/1CoVw8Eiyc
— Candace (@thecandaceshow) January 27, 2022
The change is part of several other entertainment announcements by the Walt Disney Company to honor Disneyland Paris' 30th anniversary.
The company also said McCartney will market a Minnie Mouse T-shirt to coincide with International Women's Rights Day. This T-shirt will be exclusively available online and in Stella stores March 8.