*Contains mile Barbie spoilers*
Ashley Graham has shared her reaction to the cellulite joke that runs throughout the Barbie movie, after unsuccessfully lobbying Marvel for her Barbie doll to feature it.
The 35-year-old model launched her own plus-size Barbie in collaboration with the brand in 2016, which was made in her likeness and – as per her express wish – had no thigh gap.
Showing off the gorgeous doll on The Today Show earlier this month to hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, the mum-of-three explained: ‘She’s got thick thighs, she’s got a round butt, she has lower belly fat…’
‘The one thing I did ask for was cellulite, but they couldn’t do cellulite,’ she added.
Now the movie is out for fans to enjoy, Ashley has shared her excited reaction to the fact that cellulite is a running theme in Barbie, after Margot Robbie’s titular doll panics about getting it after waking up with flat feet one morning and ‘irrepressible thoughts of death’.
Once it’s determined that Margot’s Barbie must travel to the real world from Barbieland to discover who is playing with her, her fellow Barbies even throw her a ‘Bon voyage to reality and good luck restoring the membrane that separates our world from theirs, so you don’t get cellulite!’ party.
Of course, by the movie’s end, Barbie is more than happy to embrace her cellulite – as she should.
Ashley revealed she actually met Margot ahead of the film’s release, which thrilled her no end – especially after their conversation.
‘I totally had a fangirl moment, walked straight up to the front, and I was like, “Hi, Margot Robbie. I am Ashley Graham. I just want to let you know there was a Barbie made in my likeness”,’ she told People.
Describing her doll to Margot, she added: ‘It has boobs. It has hips. It has an ass. It has round arms. It has lower belly fat, but the only thing it doesn’t have is cellulite, and I wish it did. Are you putting cellulite in the movie?’
Ashley remembered that Margot started laughing before telling her that there was ‘an inside joke throughout the whole movie about cellulite’ – but she wouldn’t be drawn on any further details.
So, Ashley ‘waited months’ until the movie’s release came around to watch it and discover the commentary herself.
‘Sure enough, I went and saw it and I was like, “Good,” because you have to talk about it – I have it, we have it, it is what it is. And Barbie never had it. Ever. So, I’m glad they talked about it and addressed it in their way.’
On how having her own doll just like her would have impacted her growing up, Ashley previously shared: ‘If I would have had a Barbie that looked like my body shape growing up, I think my mind would have not been as traumatised.
‘And I wouldn’t have looked at myself in the mirror and thought, “Why do I have this and she has that?”‘
Her comments come after the upcoming Barbie movie received praise for the diversity in its cast, something which was important to director Greta Gerwig and lead actress and producer Margot.
In fact, Margot made it clear before signing on for the role that she didn’t want to be the only person playing Barbie in the film.
She told Time: ‘If [Mattel] hadn’t made that change to have a multiplicity of Barbies, I don’t think I would have wanted to attempt to make a Barbie film.
‘I don’t think you should say, “This is the one version of what Barbie is, and that’s what women should aspire to be and look like and act like”.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Mattel for comment.
Barbie us out in cinemas now.
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