Ashley Graham Insists Barbie Made In Her Likeness Be Thigh Gap-Free
Ashley Graham can now count herself among the lucky few whose likeness has been immortalized in the form of an anatomically correct Barbie doll.
The supermodel and one-time DNCE music video star received the doll while attending Glamour’s 2016 Women of the Year Awards yesterday (November 14), where Graham was honored for her work as a body activist.
“We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” Graham said in a statement via PEOPLE. “I’m thrilled Barbie has not only evolved their product, but also has continued to honor women who are pushing boundaries. It’s an honor to be immortalized in plastic.”
Graham was highly involved in the design process, and she was adamant the doll -- which is dressed in an outfit the model has actually worn before -- not be created with a thigh gap.
"She had to have her thighs touch. No ands, ifs or buts about it. And I asked for cellulite but obviously plastic and cellulite don't go hand in hand," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "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 OK for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a 'thigh gap' is more beautiful."
Check out Graham's Barbie above.
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