Ashley Graham the model and body activist accepted Glamour magazine’s Woman of the Year award this week for “instantly bringing size acceptance into the mainstream with just one (fabulous) photo.” The photo they referred to was her groundbreaking Sports Illustrated cover.
Since then, however, Ashley has gone on to crusade for women everywhere to love every inch of their bodies, and many have noticed. The plus-size model and designer is not shy about showing off her curves and urging women to love their own.
In recognition of her Woman of the Year award, Mattel decided to make Ashley Graham the latest figure in their Sheroes line, which includes the likes of Ava DuVernay and Misty Copeland.
Lisa McKnight, senior vice president, told USA Today, “She challenges the conversation around body norms, and we think that’s a really important message for girls.”
It’s a message they’ve been trying to get out there too, with their expanded line of three body types, including curvy, petite, and tall bodies.
So when Ashley was approached to have her likeness made into an iconic Barbie, she was absolutely thrilled. But she did have just a few suggestions!
She had 360 degree photos of her body taken for the company to use. They also agreed on details like hair color, beauty marks, and full eyebrows. “The number one prerequisite, though, was that her thighs touched. I was like, ‘Guys, we can make this Barbie, but if her thighs don’t touch, she’s not authentic,’” Graham told the Huffington Post.
Graham had also wanted to put cellulite on her Barbified self, but as she told the Hollywood Reporter, “Obviously plastic and cellulite don’t go hand in hand.”
The result is a beautiful doll with “thighs touching, round hips, arms and tummy!!” When Ashley was presented the doll at the Glamour awards, she jokingly checked her doll’s legs to make sure the thighs were indeed touching.