Sit Down With Bunny Barbie
By Diana Vilic
By Diana Vilic
If you’ve been on social media in the past few months, you’ve probably seen Bunny sitting in her closet. Her videos range from short fashion reviews of celebrities and influencers, taking on haters, and spending time with her family. Viewers may gravitate to her videos in part because of her lavish lifestyle, but stay for her sincere authenticity. If one thing can be said about Bunny, it’s how truly humble and grounded she is.
Right off the bat, it was obvious why her fans adore her - she’s genuine, luminous, funny, and cares deeply for both her audience and her family. Unlike most influencers who focus on growing enormous followings, Bunny cultivates a supportive community, especially for the young girls who follow her. “I want my comments section to be a really positive environment,” she remarked, “I like to put people in their place and show them that these are the things that it’s not okay to say.”
Bunny’s personality is refreshing in this age of social media - she doesn’t sell her fans an image to live up to, instead she encourages them to be fully themselves, admitting “I wish every girl felt confident in themselves.” It’s no wonder so many of her fans view her as a cross between a big sister and a mommy figure, something Bunny takes very seriously. She loves being able to empower young girls, and adores spending time with her family. “I promise, I’m normal” she reflects, “I think people look at my videos and think I need things to be perfect or it’s all about money, and it’s not. I really don’t care how much money I have, it’s all about being able to spend time with my family and be a voice for these young girls.” Illuminating the room as she speaks, “I just want my son to be a kind human being that will change the world. I really want him to find happiness.”
Reflecting back on her childhood, Bunny mentions “I hate when people look at these girls and comment on how they dress or act, when they don’t know what they’re going through or what their mental state is.” Taking a sigh she continues, “I think we have a really hard time putting ourselves in other people's shoes, overall people need to be better at empathy.” Bunny is one of the rare people who have transmogrified what they’ve gone through, becoming a transitional character, leaving the world and everyone she meets better than she found them - it’s impossible to not find yourself uplifted or inspired almost immediately after encountering Bunny.
In so many ways I could see parallels between the words Bunny spoke and the women in my life who I admire. Relating to Bunny is effortless, despite the glam and jetsetter lifestyle, at her core she’s a mirror of someone we all know. “If I told my 10 year old self that I would be successful, thriving, and happy, I would have told everyone to fuck off so much sooner than I did” she joked.
When asked about her ideal friend, she laughed, “I really want a homeschooling, mommy, vegan, best friend. Let me know if you’re out there.”
While many parents have been forced to homeschool due to COVID, Bunny not only willingly opted for it, but owns ActivityBunny, a brand of curriculum designed to foster a love for learning in young children. “I want every mom to know that they’re able to homeschool their kids.”
“You don’t need to be a perfect person to be a homeschool teacher,” smiling as she talks about the decision to homeschool her son. “For me having my son around for all those special moments, and being with him all the time is so important to me. I don’t want to wake up and he’s 18 and I’ve only spent weekends with him.” The decision came when he was still a newborn and her peers were already encouraging her to wait list him in the best pre-schools. Knowing there had to be other options, Bunny started researching alternatives, and stumbled upon a former teachers curriculum for pre-school. She loved it so much, she purchased the curriculum, and launched her own company focusing on empowering moms.
As we come to a close, Bunny reflects,“I think the meaning of life is finding your true self, being really authentic to who you are and not caring about what other people think.” Pausing for a brief moment, “That’s the number one thing you can do for your mental health, be who you are and like the things you like. We shouldn’t be ashamed of who we are.” I can’t help but laugh, it’s advice I’ve heard too often, but like many people I disregard it. “Life is all about growing and changing, we can all change into better people. It’s so important we pass growth on instead of trauma to our children.”