Ashley Graham has hit another mark in her career… she now has a Barbie that was designed off of her image.
Graham, 29, has already graced the Sports Illustrated cover and has showed the world that she loves her curves and the thickness of her body too.
So when it came down to getting her own Barbie, Ashley wanted it done on her own conditions.
“The number one prerequisite, though, was that her thighs touched,” she told The Huffington Post. “I was like, ‘Guys, we can make this Barbie, but if her thighs don’t touch, she’s not authentic.”
“I asked for cellulite but obviously plastic and cellulite don’t go hand in hand,” she said.’
On Monday, Ashley was presented with her Barbie at the Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards, where she was recognized for “instantly bringing size accetance into the mainstream with just one (fabulous) photo.”
theashleygraham Thighs touching, round hips, arms and tummy!! Thank you @Matteland @Barbie for immortalizing me into plastic! #beautybeyondsize
“[Graham] challenges the conversation around body norms, and we think that’s a really important message for girls,” Lisa McKnight, senior VP for Mattel’s Barbie brand, told USA Today in regards to the company’s choice for making Ashley into a Barbie.
theashleygraham Come on @Barbie, let’s go party!!! Thank you to my new and incredible @Mattel family for this honor! #beautybeyondsize #barbie #curvybarbie
“I never really thought that I didn’t look like [Barbie] growing up, I just thought she was prefect.” Graham told the Huffington Post. “If I had a Barbie that was my size, I would have thought my size was normal. Young girls now get to grow up seeing that their bodies are normal, which I think is so empowering and encouraging to the younger generation.”
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