I’ve been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons since it was released on Nintendo Switch at the beginning of the pandemic and quarantine, March 20. After spending hundreds of hours on my first island, I nuked it and started over again. It’s just as much fun starting over from scratch the second time as it was the first.
This Animal Crossing game is progressive in a lot of ways when it comes to character creation, offering up “male” and “female” hairstyles and clothes to characters regardless of their chosen gender representation. The male villagers wear dresses and have no problem with sparkly outfits in the least. One of the things missing from the character creation is representation in skin conditions, tattoos, and even visible disabilities.
As a way to allow players to make a character more like themselves, ACNH partnered with Gillette Venus razors to release some #SkinclusiveACNH downloads for the game.
As you can see, they have super freckled skin, vitiligo, wrinkles, prosthetic legs, and cellulite available for players to download to their in-game Custom Designs. This in-game “app” on the player’s Nook phone allows user-created wardrobe items, art, and other designs in it to be used just like the pre-loaded objects in the game.
To grab these additions to the game, the user must have the Able Sisters Shop unlocked and access the design kiosk inside of it. All of the design codes can be found here in the Lookbook put together by Gillette Venus. Sure, it’s a product tie-in, but it’s probably the best one I’ve ever seen. Not only are there body types and skins shown in the short video in the tweet above, but there are mastectomy scars, c-section scars, and more. That’s pretty damned inclusive.
Header Image Source: Gillette