White Savior Barbie Is Here To Save Africa, One Selfie At A Time

White Savior Barbie Is Here To Save Africa, One Selfie At A Time image

White Savior Barbie Is Here To Save Africa, One Selfie At A Time

White Savior Barbie may be young and inexperienced, but that doesn't stop her from saving those less fortunate than her.

"It's not about me... but it kind of is," she explains in her Instagram profile. And to prove it, she documents her sacrificial work in Africa by taking lots of slum selfies (#slumfies).

White Savior Barbie is a satirical Instagram account that addresses the"white savior" phenomenon in social media. You've seen it before— white Westerners posing with African orphans on their hip. It's not a new trend, but since the rise of social media, this kind of tourism has become more visible.

Orphans take the BEST pictures! So. Cute.

2016. What a year! It was my first year taking up residency in the country of Africa. Some may say I have done good, but there is still so much to do and so many to save! I am excited to share my New Years resolution with you all. By the end of 2017 I will love on 153 million orphans. It's a lofty goal, but I believe I am up for the challenge. #5down #152999995togo #theyaremorethannumbers #buttheyaremostlynumbers #oneorphanatatime #wheredemorphansathough #imnotactuallyaresident #waitafricahasimmigrationlaws? #illegalsavior #newyearsamesavior #butnewhashtags #4christ #hereistobeingmoreoffensifabulousin2017 #orphanworkout #swolsavior #youarehighandliftedup #andmysoulsingshallelujah #tome #datorphanhigh #2016wasntTHATbad #itbroughyouME! #africadidnotkillmein2016 #toosoon? #saviorcelebritiesdontdie

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The account is run by two-20-something-year-old white women who volunteered and studied in East Africa. They created Barbie Savior as a conversation starter about colonialism and "voluntourism", short-term volunteer trips to developing countries that often produce more selfies than effective change.

“The attitude that Africa needs to be saved from itself, by Westerners, can be traced back to colonialism and slavery,” says the creators of Barbie Savior. “It’s such a simplified way to view an entire continent.”

Though originally started as a joke, the series clearly hit a nerve. Watching Barbie take poverty selfies is painfully familiar, which draws into sharp focus the real issue here:

If you don't take a selfie while volunteering, did it even happen?

Savior Barbie seems to think not.

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