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Plus-size supermodel Ashley Graham has made headlines again. This time, it’s because Mattel presented her with a one-of-a-kind body-positive Barbie doll in her likeness. Graham unveiled the Barbie at Glamour‘s Women of the Year summit in Los Angeles on Monday.

While onstage at the awards, Graham wondered aloud, “Are her thighs touching?” Graham then flipped up the doll’s skirt to check and happily announced to the audience, “HER THIGHS ARE TOUCHING!”

“She got a round belly. She got round hips. She got round everything, yes!”

The doll’s clothing is modeled after an outfit from Graham’s own closet, reflecting her aesthetic. A sparkly Opening Ceremony body-con dress is topped with a Sonia Rykiel cropped jean jacket and Pierre Hardy boots.

“We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” Ashley 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.”

“It was important that the Barbie resembled me as much as possible,” Ashley continued. “The thighs touching was one way to show young girls that it’s okay for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a ‘thigh gap’ is more beautiful.”

Related: Ashley Graham Bashed for Appearing Thinner

“I asked for cellulite, but obviously plastic and cellulite don’t go hand in hand,” she recently told The Hollywood Reporter.

Graham is not the only woman to receive a doll in her likeness. According to People, other women who will receive their own Barbies as part of Mattel’s “Shero” series are Zendaya, Kristin Chenoweth, Gabby Douglas, Emmy Rossum, Trisha Yearwood, Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay.

In an attempt to stay relevant, Mattel gave their Barbie line a makeover in January 2016. The new dolls include three body types — tall, curvy and petite — as well as seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.


Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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