Barbie have always been criticized for it’s stick figured model of dolls. The company has always been blamed for every child’s eating disorders and body activists had kept on making protests against its doll’s unattainable body figure which according to them is not a good example for youth. The company in wanting to end the criticisms, collaborates with Ashley Graham to create an iconic plus-sized Barbie doll.
Ashley Graham, being a plus-sized woman herself is known as someone who advocates body acceptance and positivity. She made history as the first plus-sized cover model on Sports Illustrated’s coveted Swimsuit Issue.
On ‘Women Of The Year Summi’t on Monday in Los Angeles, Ashley Graham proudly showcased her iconic doll.
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While collaborating with the company, the model has been specific as to what type of doll she wanted Barbie to portray as her:
“She had to have her thighs touch,” she said. “And I asked for cellulite, but obviously plastic and cellulite don’t go hand in hand. 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 okay for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a ‘thigh gap’ is more beautiful.” – Ashley Graham on US Weekly.
The supermodel seems to be satisfied with her iconic doll.
“Now every girl does look like Barbie… It’s not an unattainable thing. Now, they can say, ‘That’s my Barbie. I look like that one.’”
Ashley Graham’s Barbie outfit is wearing Sonia Rykiel jean jacket, and Pierre Hardy leather boots that is inspired by one of the dress the model worn on an opening ceremony.
In the past, Barbie also had created dolls modeled after Beyoncé, Zendaya, and Ava DuVernay. To add greater racial range, Barbie also released three new body types: curvy, petite, and tall in seven skin tones.
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