THE BARBI TWINS
and Sia, the Barbi Twins, are international celebrity models
turned celebrity health spokeswomen turned animal activist.
Modeling separately since they were seven, the twins together
became a household name in the 90's with their top selling
magazine covers and calendars. Struggling with eating disorders,
the girls are sought out to lecture for high schools and
universities nationwide. Armed with degrees in nutrition, they
also teach at the Learning Annex and are currently health and
fitness authors. Their latest book stresses the benefits of
becoming a raw vegan for both the sake of the body and the Eco
crisis we are all facing.
Shane and Sia Barbi grew up separately, but both aspired to be
veterinarians. Initially they studied Veterinarian technology and also
became active in sports which led them into health and fitness.
The twins were experienced horse riders and trainers for the US
Equestrian Drill Team. They grew up on ranches in separate
states and both became involved with showing and breeding of all
animals when they were young, which they no longer believe in.
Shane and Sia have always been active in some way with
rescue, but now they totally dedicate themselves to rescue and
fighting for animal rights.
They have turned down work now so they can focus solely on
helping the welfare of animals.
longer believe in any type of breeding and showing because it
promotes animals as property (which has to be perfect) instead of
live "critters" with individual personalities. They state that
"until we have adopted every animal from every shelter, we do
not believe in breeding or shows that promote pure breeds, it's
'pet-racism'." The twins believe that we all should embrace
imperfect and older pets as family members. The twins adore dog
shows such as Nuts for Mutts that celebrates mixtures and the character of
each little dog.
The Barbi Twins are active in every aspect of animal causes such as
assisting bills to pass for animal cruelty laws, participating
in protests against animal experimentation, circuses and zoos.
They also help
promote the closures of puppy mills and breeders and educate
rescues about the dangers of hoarding.
Most of all Shane and Sia
are hands-on with the spay and neuter programs to help prevent
"pet over population". Currently they are also working with
group that help with endangered species.
The Barbi Twins have numerous Hollywood projects and media events
that all focus on helping the animals, which include two Animal
Rights movies, a television special on rescue and a book called
"Rescue versus Rescuism", describing how some get "intoxicated"
in the movement and lose focus of the animals. Their
appropriately named, Bunnies Rescuing Bunnies project, is
popular as well.
"MAKING SURE EACH ANIMAL HAS A
LIFE THEY WANT AND THEY DESERVE"
illustration by Dr.Jennifer Conrad
2006 Calendar Projects:
Pin-Up Pets "Loveable Rescues"
and "Best of the Barbi Twins"
Shane and Sia Barbi at UCLA Anti-Animal Testing Protest
Experiment on Blondes
... They'll never know the difference!
"Blonde and Blonder"
National Enquirer 3/5/07