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Guest posted a topic in Arts & Culture's TopicsHer one request for the doll? "She had to have her thighs touch," says the supermodel, who's been an advocate for body diversity in the industry. Ashley Graham has much to celebrate this year. From being named one of Sports Illustrated's 2016 rookies to starring in a DNCE music video, the curvy model has been a force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry (and beyond). And she's showing no signs of slowing down; on Monday night, she's set to be honored with Glamour's Woman of the Year Award for her work as a body activist. That's not all: The supermodel also is getting a Barbie made after her. As part of Mattel's effort to be more diverse and inclusive, the El Segundo, Calif.-based company is creating a Barbie based on the model's likeness that's all about advocating for women of all sizes to be represented in the industry. Zendaya and Ava DuVernay are among the women in Hollywood to receive their own Barbies this past year. "I never imagined that I would have my own Barbie," Graham told The Hollywood Reporter via phone a few hours before the unveiling of her doll. However, she might have predicted her fortune without knowing it when she told Access Hollywood earlier this year that she was thrilled about the new body-positivity Barbie. Turns out, the folks at Mattel saw that interview. "They told me that was one of the reasons they wanted to make [the doll]," Graham explained. "It's just another one of those things where your words have power, and be careful what you ask for because you'll get it." When it came time to collaborate with Mattel, Graham imagined she'd have to "go through this vortex or body scanner and then poof, this immortalized plastic version of me would pop out." But that's not what happened. Instead, Mattel asked Graham what she wanted her Barbie to wear, and she zeroed in on a sparkly Opening Ceremony bodycon dress, a Sonia Rykiel cropped jean jacket decorated in patches and spiky Pierre Hardy boots — an outfit she'd actually worn herself in the past. Graham also had another request for her doll: no thigh gap. "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 shared. "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." Graham, who remembers playing with her aunt's vintage Barbies as a kid, hopes that little girls who see her doll will realize "now every girl does look like Barbie. It's not an unattainable thing." Now, they can say, "That's my Barbie. I look like that one." The 29-year-old noted if she had played with Barbies that looked more like her growing up, she would have felt more accepting of her body. "Would I have looked at my body differently if I were playing with Barbies that looked like me? Would I have accepted my thighs and my round arms and my round stomach a little bit more? Probably," she said. "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." Graham will be honored alongside Gwen Stefani, Simone Biles, Zendaya and the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, at the GlamourWomen of the Year Awards in Los Angeles.
Guest posted a topic in The Faceberg's TopicsFacebook has apologized for wrongly banning a photo of plus-sized model Tess Holliday for violating its ‘health and fitness’ advertising policy Facebook has apologized for banning a photo of a plus-sized model and telling the feminist group that posted the image that it depicts “body parts in an undesirable manner”. Cherchez la Femme, an Australian group thathosts popular culture talkshows with “an unapologetically feminist angle”, said Facebook rejected an advert featuring Tess Holliday, a plus-sized model wearing a bikini, telling the group it violated the company’s “ad guidelines”. After the group appealed against the rejection, Facebook’s ad team initially defended the decision, writing that the photo failed to comply with the social networking site’s “health and fitness policy”. “Ads may not depict a state of health or body weight as being perfect or extremely undesirable,” Facebook wrote. “Ads like these are not allowed since they make viewers feel bad about themselves. Instead, we recommend using an image of a relevant activity, such as running or riding a bike.” In a statement on Monday, Facebook apologized for its original stance and said it had determined that the photo does comply with its guidelines. “Our team processes millions of advertising images each week, and in some instances we incorrectly prohibit ads,” the statement said. “This image does not violate our ad policies. We apologize for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ad.” The photo – for an event called Cherchez La Femme: Feminism and Fat – features a smiling Holliday wearing a standard bikini. Facebook had originally allowed the event page to remain, but refused to approve the group’s advert, which would have boosted the post. The policy in question is aimed at blocking content that encourages unhealthy weight loss – the opposite intent of Cherchez la Femme, which was promoting body positivity. This is not the first time Facebook has come under fire for its censorship of photos. In March, the site faced backlash when it concluded that aphotograph of topless Aboriginal women in ceremonial paint as part of a protest violated “community standards”. Critics said that ban was an obvious double standard, noting that Facebook allowscelebrities such as Kim Kardashian to pose with body paint covering her nipples. Instagram and Facebook have also faced opposition for policies banning women from exposing their nipples, with critics arguing that the guidelines areprejudiced against women and transgender users. Cherchez la Femme vented its frustrations on its Facebook page. “Facebook has ignored the fact that our event is going to be discussing body positivity (which comes in all shapes and sizes, but in the particular case of our event, fat bodies), and has instead come to the conclusion that we’ve set out to make women feel bad about themselves by posting an image of a wonderful plus sized woman,” the group said. “We’re raging pretty hard over here.” Jessamy Gleeson, co-producer of the group, said she was initially so shocked by the language in Facebook’s explanation that she didn’t know how to respond. “I was utterly furious. I couldn’t comprehend it, quite frankly,” she said. “We thought it was really horrible and isolating and alienating … Womenwith fat bodies can, of course, be as desirable as anybody else.” Gleeson said she was not satisfied with Facebook’s apology and hopes the company will re-examine its policies and address double standards in how it reviews photos of women. “Quite simply they need to understand we can use images of fat women to promote women being happy,” she said, adding, “What about all the cases that don’t receive this media attention? They’ve been wrong in many other thousands of cases, I’m sure.” Source: