As you probably know, Ashley is a plus size model who has broken barriers by becoming the first plus-size model on the cover of Sports Illustrated, appearing in editorial fashion shoots, and repping body positivity. (She’s appeared in BUST, too.)
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Ashley said that she wanted her Barbie to be as close to her own body as possible. She said she imagined she would "go through this vortex or body scanner and then poof, this immortalized plastic version of me would pop out." That didn’t happen, but she did have a lot of input over her Barbie’s look.
"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," she said. "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."
Ashley also spoke about the importance of having a variety of sizes for Barbie. She said, "Would I have looked at my body differently if I were playing with Barbies that looked like me? Would I have accepted my thighs and my round arms and my round stomach a little bit more? Probably. I think it's absolutely incredible that an iconic image in the fashion world, like Barbie, is keeping up with the times and following along with body diversity in such a big way."
Top photo: Instagram/Ashley Graham
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