Like thousands of others, I follow plus sized model & swimwear designer Ashley Graham on SnapChat (total fan girl since meeting her at NYC Full Figure Fashion Week years ago)
But seriously, she’s reached new levels of amazingness by collaborating with Mattel to release an Ashley Graham lookalike Barbie, with thighs that touch. LIFE GOALS PEOPLE.
“Does any little girl imagine they’re going to have a Barbie made in their likeness?” she asked.
When Ashley gets excited about something on Snapchat you know its going to be good and boy did she deliver! Just as ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘epic’ as she hinted at during her backstage live snaps.
The Barbie was unveiled live on stage at Glamour Woman of The Year Awards with a behind the scenes clip of the design process being played to all guests. This is pretty groundbreaking news guys!
Earlier this year, after 56 years of business Mattel, released a range of tall, petite and curvy variations of the worlds best selling doll, Barbie. This also included seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.
It’s what we have all been wanting. DIVERSITY and totally makes the doll more relatable for girls everywhere.
Graham proudly stood on stage saying that the days are gone where you lusted after looking like Barbie. “Everyone can be Barbie”. If you already follow Ashley you’ll know that #thickthighssavelives is one of her fave hashtags to use. So personally, as a fellow curvy babe with thick thighs I’m stocked to see a Barbie with legs like mine.
AND to make it even more real they even made a cute set of lingerie from Ashley’s range.
Well done Mattel.
“[Ashley] challenges the conversation around body norms, and we think that’s a really important message for girls,” said Lisa McKnight, senior vice president for Mattel’s Barbie brand.
Ashley’s doll will be added to Barbie’s group of Sheroes, a line of dolls that’s featured strong women including director Ava DuVernay, Zendaya, Misty Copeland and Gabby Douglas.