Ashley Graham is someone I have previously written about because she is changing the modeling world. She was on the cover of sports illustrated as the first plus size swimsuit model and she has only become more famous since then.
She has made having curves ok, and with the release of her new Barbie she is continuously giving girls a model that shows self-love.
“She had to have her thighs touch,” Ashley said about the doll made in her honor.
“No ands, ifs or buts about it. And I asked for cellulite but obviously plastic and cellulite don’t go hand in hand,” she continued. “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 OK for your thighs to touch, despite society saying that a ‘thigh gap’ is more beautiful.”
As a young girl growing up playing with Barbie’s, it’s been a thing that Barbie’s have always had a serious body problem. Their traditional proportions are totally unrealistic, so when girls can’t achieve the kind of body their dolls have, it can obviously be confusing and upsetting.
Barbie’s have been said to be the reason girls have self-confidence issues and eventually having eating disorders. The Barbie’s bodies spread the idea that there’s something wrong with having a body with things that rub together and feet that aren’t constantly molded into high heels (obviously very wrong).
This movement is one I am proud to be able to witness and am over joyed it’s FINALLY happening. Girls need a positive leader such as Ashley because she is changing the world of positive body image and thats a change I am happy to be a part of and continuously support.
If more major corporations and advertisers hear messages that girls and women want to see themselves reflected in photos and on television, maybe they’ll listen like Mattel did with Ashley since her Barbie shoes that all bodies are beautiful, thigh gap or not.
Quotes from Ashley on; http://www.teenvogue.com/story/barbie-makes-ashley-graham-doll-with-touching-thighs