In a Barbie first, the Ashley Graham doll does not have a thigh gap


Model and role model to girls with real figures everywhere Ashley Graham is now a Barbie doll. But don’t worry, the woman who was the first plus-size model to grace Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit edition, made sure the doll wasn’t made in its signature 32-16-29 proportions.  

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“The number one prerequisite…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,” she told the Huffington Post. 

The Barbie also comes with a “round butt,” “round hips,” and “a round stomach and arms,” she proudly told Us. 

Graham unveiled the doll last night at the Glamour Women of the Year celebration, where she was honored for her work as a body image activist. 

Now, if only we could get Barbie’s feet out of that uncomfortable high-heel position. Maybe a Serena Williams Barbie can tackle that. 

H/T BuzzFeed

Jessica Machado

Jessica Machado

Jessica Machado is the IRL editor of the Daily Dot. Previously, she was an associate editor at Rolling Stone. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Elle, Vice, Salon, BuzzFeed, Guernica, Bitch, Bust, the Cut, the Awl, the Toast, among others.