“Now every girl does look like Barbie,” she says
The 2016 Women of the Year Summit is always a beautiful celebration of women, and this year it went even further, with plus-size model and body positivity activist Ashley Graham unveiling her very own Barbie doll.
Many of us still think of Barbie as an unattainable (and unnervingly specific) body type that gives harmful ideas to little girls. However, Mattel has definitely been making strides this year in an effort to make Barbie more inclusive, including releasing three new body types and seven different skin tones. Graham’s doll takes the brand another step in the right direction.
“Now every girl does look like Barbie,” Ashley proclaimed at the WOTY Awards, holding up her doll. “Now they can say, ‘That’s my Barbie. I look like that one.'”
The doll’s outfit is pretty fierce, too. It’s modeled after one of her own, with a glitzy Opening Ceremony dress, leather Pierre Hardy boots, and a Sonia Rykiel jean jacket.
Graham’s only requirements for her doll? “She had to have her thighs touch,” Graham explained; “It was important that the Barbie resembled me as much as possible…it’s okay for your thighs to touch despite society saying that a ‘thigh gap’ is more beautiful.”
We totally agree, and we thank Ashley for letting us all know that we’re so beautiful–right now, exactly as we are.