Barbie dolls have been criticized in the past for promoting an unattainable body-image, but one doll is breaking all the barriers.
Plus-size model and role model Ashley Graham has her own, one-of-a-kind Barbie Doll modelled after her. The plastic figurine even has measurements identical to Graham’s. Her Barbie was unveiled at Glamour’s Women of the Year summit in Los Angeles on Monday.
The 28-year-old said in a statement published by People: “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 honour women who are pushing boundaries. It’s an honour to be immortalized in plastic.”
It was important to the body-positive advocate to have the doll properly resemble her: “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.”
Earlier this year, Mattel debuted three new body types for their line of Barbies: tall, curvy and petite.