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As a Barbie fan, I’m always tickled pink whenever I see celebrities get their own Barbie dolls. However, in the case of body positive supermodel Ashley Graham, I’m not tickled pink. I’m flailing my arms with much needed excitement.

Ashley Graham was presented with the doll at the Annual Glamour’s Women of the Year meeting this past Monday. The doll was made to help further promote the idea of body positivity, female empowerment, and self acceptance. According to People Style, Ashley had a very hands-on approach when collaborating with Mattel, creating a doll that looked as much like her as possible:

“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,” Graham continued.

via People Style

As someone who’s always had thighs that have touched and become hello buddies, having a toy show a physical representation to girls that touching thighs is a thing and not something to be ashamed of is a toy that carries behind it a powerful message. Toys are a very influential tool for how children come to process and see the world. In the case of Barbie, she has become one of the first tools in which girls have come to learn and absorb societal beauty standards.

Sharing similar views, Ashley made the following statement:

“We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” Ashley said in a statement. “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.”

via People Style

The doll is beautiful and I can’t wait to see what other changes Mattel has in store for Barbie’s future evolution. Mattel
made changes to their dolls at the beginning of this year, introducing three new body types along with different ranges of skin tones and hair to accommodate the growing diversity of its customer base. All of the new introductions have been so awesome so far!

What do you think of the doll? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Sarah Musnicky

Sarah is a freelance writer and self-described workaholic. She loves fantasy and sci fi and will admit having dual loyalties between Star Trek and Star Wars as well as Marvel and DC. When she's not being socially awkward, she is in a corner obsessing over dragons, cute things, and a need to master all languages on the planet. She would like to be a professional blanket burrito when she reaches the peak of maturation.

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