You probably know that Ashley Graham starred opposite Joe Jonas in DNCE’s “Toothbrush” music video. Or that she made a splash as the first plus model to appear in Sports Illustrated a couple years back. If you didn’t know either of those things, time to get with it, because she’s freakin’ gorgeous and everywhere now—even in doll form!
The 29-year-old appeared at Glamour‘s Women of the Year Awards yesterday, where she was honored for her body activism and then presented with her very own Barbie!
The doll’s wearing a hot outfit Graham actually wore once IRL: an Opening Ceremony bodycon dress with a Sonia Rykiel cropped jean jacket and spiky Pierre Hardy boots.
Graham also made sure that the doll’s body shape matched her own, down to some very specific details: “She had to have her thighs touch. No ands, ifs or buts about it. And I asked for cellulite, but obviously plastic and cellulite don’t go hand in hand,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
She also talked about how she feels like being able to play with a Barbie that looked like her when she was growing up may have actually made her feel differently—more positively, that is—about her body. “Would I have accepted my thighs and my round arms and my round stomach a little bit more? Probably,” she told THR. “I think it’s absolutely incredible that an iconic image in the fashion world, like Barbie, is keeping up with the times and following along with body diversity in such a big way.”
Seriously, it’s about damn time. This is progress. Plus, as Vogue points out, “With a body-shamer set to occupy the Oval Office, the doll sends a clear message to girls at the moment they need it most: Beauty—and role models—come in all shapes and sizes.”