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From becoming the first plus-size model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to starring in DNCE‘s music video for “Toothbrush” (playing Joe Jonas‘s bae, no big deal) Ashley is wrapping up her insane 2016 with something every little girl dreams about: her very own Barbie doll.
Ashley, who was crowned one of Glamour‘s “Women of the Year” on Monday (November 14), worked with Mattel to create a body positive doll that looked like her — curves and all. Her only request? No thigh gap.
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“She’s got a round butt, she’s got round hips, she’s got a round stomach and arms and she’s got my moles and my eyelashes. They actually come out of her face. It’s crazy!” Ashley gushed to Us Weekly.
Ashley has been a positive force in promoting self-esteem and confidence. Her dazzling personality and infectious enthusiasm towards self-love is inspiring and it is no surprise that she got a Barbie made in her honor and was named one of Glamour‘s Women of the Year.
“This isn’t just for me. This is for the girl who got into a bikini for the first time this year, the mother who just had a child and she’s embracing her stretch marks on her stomach, for that girl who said, ‘No I’m actually not going to lose weight for you, boyfriend.’ and for the woman who can actually look in the mirror and say “I love you” and mean it,” Ashley said in her WOTY speech, “Don’t let your body hold you back. Don’t let your body insecurities hold you back from doing anything that you want to do.”
Aside from Ashley’s Barbie, Mattel introduced three new body types (curvy, petite, and tall) that come in seven different skin tones as they continue to make an effort in creating more diverse and inclusive dolls.