Ashley Graham is killing it this year. She was the first plus size model to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, she premiered her own lingerie line at New York’s fashion week, and was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ by Glamour where she unveiled a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll in her likeness.
Barbie is celebrating Graham for pushing boundaries within fashion and for promoting a message of body positivity, self-acceptance and female empowerment. She has proven she can make a meaningful impact by challenging the industry’s standards of beauty, landing ground-breaking covers, and sharing her influential TED Talk. Through her work, she reminds girls they can be anything.
“We need to work together to redefine the global image of beauty and continue to push for a more inclusive world,” said Ashley Graham. “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.”
Earlier this year, Barbie expanded their Fashionistas® doll line by introducing three new body types – tall, curvy and petite – seven skin tones, 24 hairstyles and countless on-trend fashions and accessories.
“Ashley Graham is a trailblazer who inspires every woman – and girl – to see the beauty in herself,” said Lisa McKnight, General Manager of Barbie. “This year Barbie has evolved to be more inclusive by adding three new body shapes into the line and we hope our relationship with Ashley will further make an impact.”