the doll that saved africa
Barbie Savior began in 2016 by two friends who were simply tired of the acclaim of the White Savior on social media. It began as a joke - a place for us to express our frustrations. Our little Instagram account, however, caused quite the stir. It was clear we struck a nerve on the age old topic of the White Savior Complex.
Together we have over a decade of studying, traveling, and working abroad. While this left us cynical and jaded enough to create Barbie Savior, we know full well that this issue - and these conversations - are so much bigger than us.
We don't have the answers. This site we hope will become a place where we can pose questions, promote conversation, and try to learn together how to best do better.
what others have said...
"The satirical account encapsulates what some see as the white saviour complex, a modern version of Rudyard Kipling's White Man's Burden." - BBC News
"The bio for the Barbie Savior Instagram says it all: “It’s not about me... but it kind of is.” - Huffington Post
"Savior Barbie also highlights a point that advocates and experts working on the continent have been observing for years—well-intentioned but naive volunteerism (or “voluntourism“) is at best ineffectual and at worst harmful to the developing countries it’s meant to serve." - Quartz
“Barbie Savior” is an Instagram account that satirises the messiah complex of affluent westerners who spend time travelling in the developing world." - The Guardian
"This genius account follows a self-indulgent Barbie as she ignorantly traipses through Africa, heels and handbags in tow, taking selfies with strangers and exploiting the local community along the way. All under the guise of ‘helping’." - Nubi Magazine