Graham gets her own Barbie

Following the likes of film director Ava DuVernay and ballerina Misty Copeland, model Ashley Graham was recently received an honor only a select few women have received thus far.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a brand-new Barbie is being made in the model’s likeness, furthering Mattel’s latest mission to promote diversity and inclusivity in their dolls. Saying that the doll is “all about advocating for women of all sizes to be represented in the industry,” THR says Graham worked with Graham to create a doll that accurately depicted her likeness — and even included some of her own preferences.

Not only did Graham get to choose what her doll would wear, which THR says is a miniature version of an outfit she’d previously worn — “a sparkly Opening Ceremony bodycon dress, a Sonia Rykiel cropped jean jacket decorated in patches and spiky Pierre Hardy boots” — she also told the designers at Mattel that she wanted her doll to have one very specific feature.

“She had to have her thighs touch,” Graham said, according to THR. Wanting the doll to reflect her as much as possible, Graham also shared that she asked for cellulite to be included on the doll, but “obviously plastic and cellulite don’t go hand in hand.”

But for her, having the doll lack a thigh gap wasn’t just about being true to her own body; it was also about the message it would send to young girls.

“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,” Graham told THR.

Hopeful that the doll will help girls accept their bodies as they are, THR says Graham wants her doll to be a source of inspiration for girls everywhere, because “now every girl does look like Barbie. It’s not an unattainable thing.”

To see Graham’s new mini-me, click here.

 

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