Body activist and curved model Ashley Graham posted on Instagram her own Barbie with “touching thighs, round hips, arms and belly.”
What inspired Mattel to make an Ashley Graham Barbie doll?
Last January, Mattel launched new dolls with different body types: small, large and curved, with seven new skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.
Earlier this year, Graham told Access Hollywood that she was moved by the message of the new mkaer positivity doll from the body, and the interview reached society.
According to Glamor, Graham chose to reshape one of his “post-New York Fashion Week looks” on the Barbie doll. He wears a dazzling black body-con dress paired with a cropped denim jacket and Pierre Hardy boots.
In an interview with Hollywood Reporter, Graham said she specifically requested that her doll does not have a “thigh gap”.
Her doll’s outfit is inspired by the one she wore: a brilliant opening ceremonial dress, a Sonia Rykiel denim jacket and Pierre Hardy’s leather boots.
Thighs touching, round hips, arms and tummy!! Thank you @Mattel and @Barbie for immortalizing me into plastic! ??? #beautybeyondsize
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Come on @Barbie, let’s go party!!! ?Thank you to my new and incredible @Mattel family for this honor! #beautybeyondsize #barbie #curvybarbie
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While revealing her voluptuous mini-me, she proudly announced: “Now, every girl looks like Barbie … It’s not an inaccessible thing. Now they can say, “This is my Barbie. I look like that. ”
“Touching thighs, round hips, arms and belly!”, The 28-year-old model writes on Instagram.
With traditional beauty standards that encourage thigh cracks and ab cracks, the fashion industry has been slowly becoming more open-minded, partly prompted by Tim Gunn’s editorial in the Washington Post calling Designers to make clothes for the bodies of all sizes.
“She had to touch her thighs, and no, but if, or more, and I asked for cellulite, but obviously plastic and cellulite do not go hand in hand,” said Graham.
“It was important that the Barbie resemble me as much as possible.” The touching thighs was a way to show the girls that it is OK for your thighs to touch, despite the company saying that a “thigh ditch” Is more beautiful.
Watch this video of Glamor to see the 28-year visit to the Mattel design center to personalize her Barbie.