‘Barbie Savior’ Instagram account mocks the voluntourism trend

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First, there was Hipster Barbie, also known as Socality Barbie. Now, there is Barbie Savior.

The new satirical Instagram account pokes fun at young Western women who travel to third world countries to volunteer and use the experience as a photo opportunity (a.k.a. those who take part in voluntourism).

“Jesus. Adventures. Africa. Two worlds. One love. Babies. Beauty. Not qualified. Called. 20 years young. It’s not about me… but it kind of is,” reads the page’s biography.

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Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the fly covered African child, to me: I lift my face to the sky to usher them home into my arms. #maybeonedaytheywillmakeastatueofme #saviorstatue #libertylovin #humblehugs #theagilityofhumility #imonlyone #buticanhugmany #letthelittlechildrencometome #justlikejesus #greatwhitehope #hugsforhumanity

A post shared by Barbie Savior (@barbiesavior) on Apr 11, 2016 at 11:36am PDT

The account was started six weeks ago by two women who work in East Africa.

Though the creators choose to remain anonymous, they’ve opened up about why they started the Instagram page.

They told The Huffington Post via email:

“We were never as ‘savioresque’ as Barbie Savior, but we did things back in our White Savior days that we regret. It really just started as a joke between us, a way to get some of these things off of our chest. It’s hard to pinpoint the irony at times in real life… the wildly self-centered person veiled as the self-sacrificing saint.”

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This Barbie’s account is full of satirical and bizarrely photoshopped images with over-the-top hashtags, including: #HumanitarianHotty, #StunningSavior, #MaybeOneDayTheyWillMakeAStatueOfMe, and #HowHighKenyaFly.

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

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Well look who I randomly ran into today! We aren’t the only culture that loves jumping pictures. #hisutmostformyhighest #howhighKenyafly #flywiththemasai #masaivior #ibelieveicanfly #ibelieveicantouchtheafricansky #whitegirlscanjump #handsintheairlikeijustdontcare #butitotallydo #jumpstartjesus #godsaysjumpisayhowhigh #backinthehighlifeagain #jumpball

A post shared by Barbie Savior (@barbiesavior) on Apr 8, 2016 at 8:12am PDT

When the creators were asked by Quartz, “You are both 20-something Caucasian women who have worked in East Africa. Can you tell us more about your experiences in this field?”

The two creators responded with:

“Between the two of us, we have over a decade of studying, volunteering, and working abroad. We both, in the past and currently, hold full-time jobs in areas that provide healthcare, social work, human services, etc. We aren’t saying “Don’t help others.” We are just trying to engage in a conversation about how best to help others.”

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Even amongst this devastation and poverty, amongst so much need, He doesn’t forget MY needs. A girls gotta relax from time to time! So blessed to have a break from this exhausting place at this beautiful resort. #saviorsabbath #itsnoteasytobeme #thestruggleisreal #tanforchange #fishersofmengottaswim #poolsideforjesus #coco4sho #rays4days

A post shared by Barbie Savior (@barbiesavior) on Mar 20, 2016 at 9:10am PDT

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As I was away for what seemed like an eternity, I couldn’t help but continue to be convicted by my wasteful tears. I have now begun collecting them, one my one. Each one has meaning. Each one has purpose. God is revealing BIG things to me lately. I can’t wait to share it with you!!! #plansforme #BIGplans #revealappeal #doyouhearwhatihear #tearpotion #tearsforafrica #youllnevertearmeawayfromhere #godblessthetearsdowninafrica #tearentialsobfest #tearsforchange #collectyourtears

A post shared by Barbie Savior (@barbiesavior) on Apr 6, 2016 at 9:37am PDT

This account is directed toward the types of volunteers that manage to make their volunteer work in a developing country all about them while clogging up your news feeds with photos.

As of today, it’s attracted some 50 million followers.

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Ever since I’ve been here, I’ve been crying almost 90% of the time. I realized how wasteful that was as there is such a need for water here! Given the fact that I’ve always wanted to be a CEO and I’m already 20 years old, I figured it was time to get moving! With that, I introduce to you, my new NGO, Harness the Tears! Please donate as much as your emotional self allows before your rational self questions any of my qualifications, legitimacy, or effectiveness. #callednotqualified #becauseafricadoesntneedyourqualifications #justyourlove #tearsforafrica #harnessthetears #waterislife #charitysweetspot #thetruegoldenratio #ghostNGO

A post shared by Barbie Savior (@barbiesavior) on Apr 7, 2016 at 12:26pm PDT

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Orphans take the BEST pictures! So. Cute. #whatsyournameagain #orphans #wheredemorphansat #kingdomcome #blackbabiesarethecutest #strangers2secondsago #attachmentproblemsarentcute #notazoo

A post shared by Barbie Savior (@barbiesavior) on Mar 29, 2016 at 9:02am PDT


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