Ashley Graham Got A Body-Positive Barbie, And It’s Curvaceously Awesome.
Ashley Graham has a round butt, hips and stomach and she's damn proud of all of it. The model, who recently attended the Glamour Women of the Year 2016 Live Summit, was tickled pink that her body-positive activism could also get translated into a doll. Of course, Graham doesn't need a doll to become the inspirational trailblazer that she's been to little girls and women all over the world. Her message has always been about showing women that they should be authentic and true to themselves on the outside as well as on the inside, which is what inspired Lisa McKnight, the general manager of Barbie to create this pint size version of Graham.
Women like Beyonce and Ashley Graham are the embodiment of body positivity.
And although it isn't easy to love yourself in today's world, Graham has proven that you can have a little extra junk in the trunk and still rock the red carpet, or any carpet and look confident and sexy while doing so.
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When Mattel approached her with the idea of creating a doll that looks like her, she had some demands.
For one thing, it couldn't have the unrealistic thin figure that's brought Barbie so much controversy. It needed to have the same lovely curves that Graham had.
Graham also asked for cellulite, which the model has proudly admitted to having.
After all, she wanted her Barbie to resemble her as much as possible. Unfortunately, there was only so much realism that Mattel could muster on a doll.
Fortunately, she did get one of her rigid requirements met.
The Ashley Graham Barbie doll had thighs that touched, unlike those unrealistic "thigh gaps" that other Barbie dolls have had in the past and that some real life women are undergoing surgery to get under the misconception that it will make them look more beautiful.
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Mattel has gone the extra mile to represent greater diversity in their dolls.
Along with the Ashley Graham doll, Mattel has also released three different body types. The first being curvy, the second being petite, and the third being tall. Of course they also come in seven different skin tones too.
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