Ashley Graham Gets Her Own Barbie -- & Yes, Her Thighs Touch

Ashley Graham gets her own Barbie doll
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We're so in love with Ashley Graham and her fight for body positivity in the fashion world. Noted as the first plus-size model to ever grace Sports Illustrated's cover, this queen was recently honored by Glamour magazine at their 2016 Women of the Year Awards for her #beautybeyondsize advocacy efforts, where she was presented with the Ashley Graham Barbie doll that will encourage young girls to love themselves even more.

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Before you get too excited, it looks like Ashley's Barbie doll is not available for sale (womp, womp), but at least we can snap our fingers and shout "Yass!" at our computer screens over this beauty. Ashley joins sheroes like director Ava DuVernay and ballerina Misty Copeland who had Barbies made in their likeness this year.

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Plus-size model Ashley Graham has got her very own Barbie doll.
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As you can imagine, Ashley is thrilled about the Barbie doll she helped Mattel design, telling the Huffington Post, "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."

Ashley is so right.

Growing up, I remember searching toy shelves for a Barbie doll that looked like me. Most didn't have my hair texture, let alone a shape that reflected my growing curves in any way. Even though I knew they were just dolls, having more relatable options would've definitely made my younger self feel like I didn't have to aspire to be some version of "perfect" in order to fit in.

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And it seems like Ashley wanted her Barbie doll to reflect reality and not some fantasy of a standard of beauty society tries to push on us.

"The number one prerequisite [for Ashley's doll], 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," Graham told the Huffington Post.

I'll admit I'm in my feelings (just a bit) about not being able to score a doll, but I'm still thankful for the strides Barbie is trying to make with representation. Today's Barbie dolls are becoming curvier, boast natural hair, and have various shades of all of us to enjoy. 

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Your Barbie is so stunning, Ashley! I love it and the message it reiterates to our daughters.

After all, #ThickThighsSaveLives, right?

*Wink*

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