Ashley Graham has her own Barbie! As part of Mattel's initiative to create dolls for all girls, which included three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – along with a range of seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles, Graham was tapped to have her very own plus sized doll.
Since the beginning of the Barbie doll, she has been known as a blonde bombshell. Mattel did little in the beginning to provide dolls that looked like all the little girls that played with them. “We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” Graham, 27, said in a statement. “I’m thrilled Barbie has not only evolved their product, but also has continued to honor women who are pushing boundaries. It’s an honor to be immortalized in plastic.”
Ashley also had a hands on approach to designing the doll. When Mattel approached Graham about making a Barbie in her likeness, she had one simple yet important requirement: no thigh gap!
"She had to have her thighs touch. No ands, ifs, or buts about it. And I asked for cellulite but obviously plastic and cellulite don't go hand in hand," the plus-size model and body image activist told The Hollywood Reporter "It was important that the Barbie resembled me as much as possible. The thighs touching was one way to show young girls that it's OK for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a 'thigh gap' is more beautiful."
The doll is part of Mattel's line of "Shero" dolls, which include female heroes director Ava DuVernay, actress Zendaya, dancer Misty Copeland and gymnast Gabby Douglas.