Ashley Graham Gets Her Very Own Barbie Doll from Mattel

Ashley Graham Gets Her Very Own Barbie Doll from Mattel

And the body image activist insisted its thighs touched.

And the body image activist insisted its thighs touched.

Text: Ian David Monroe

Ashley Graham is the latest woman in Hollywood to receive her very own Barbie. The model announced her one-of-a-kind doll during a speech at Glamour’s Women of the Year summit on Monday.

When working with  Mattel on her custom look-alike, Graham insisted that she not have a thigh gap. In a statement, she says, “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.”

On the honor, the model and body image activist continues, “We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world. 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.”

(Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Glamour)

This year, Graham became the first model above a sample size to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue. The model also has her own line of lingerie with Addition Elle. Her doll, naturally, was wearing a custom-made pair that matches the collection. The doll is also wearing a dress from Opening Ceremony, a Sonia Rykiel jacket, and boots by Pierre Hardy. The look is modeled after an outfit Graham has worn in real life.

Graham joins Zendaya, Gabby Douglas, Misty Copeland, Ava DuVernay, Kristen Chenoweth, and more, who all have custom dolls from Mattel, as well. The dolls are a part of Mattel’s “Shero” series, which highlights powerful women.

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