Today Barbie honours Ashley Graham, model and body activist, by unveiling a one-of-a-kind doll in her likeness. The doll was unveiled at the first-ever Glamour Women of the Year LIVE summit in Los Angeles. Graham was also named a 2016 Glamour Woman of the Year.
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.”
This honor makes Graham the latest Barbie “Shero” or female hero inspiring girls by breaking boundaries and expanding possibilities for women everywhere. She joins an esteemed group including Ava DuVernay, Emmy Rossum, Eva Chen, Gabby Douglas, Misty Copeland, and Zendaya.
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