Ashley Graham was presented with her very own Barbie at Glamour’s Women of the Year Awards in Los Angeles last Monday night. She was being honored for her activism toward inclusively in fashion and for being a strong influence for young women.
The iconic gift comes after Mattel debuted three new body types along with a range of skin tones and hair for Barbie back in January, something Ashley and so many other young girls would have benefitted from. “I never really thought that I didn’t look like her growing up, I just thought she was perfect,” Graham said, adding, “If I had a Barbie that was my size, I would have thought my size was normal. Young girls now get to grow up seeing that their bodies are normal, which I think is so empowering and encouraging to the younger generation.”
“All we did was take 360 degree photos of my body to send to them, and afterward we fleshed out some details. The color of my hair, a few details on my face like beauty marks and full eyebrows. The number one prerequisite, though, was that her thighs touched. I was like, ‘Guys, we can make this Barbie, but if her thighs don’t touch, she’s not authentic.’”
We at Fashom love Ashley’s continued message of self-love for young women and the power of believing in yourself. Keep up the amazing work!
Source: Huffington Post