While most people think of Barbie as skinny and beautiful, one overweight woman is working on breaking that stereotype. The overweight woman said that she earns a nice amount of money impersonating a Barbie doll. The woman revealed that she has her dream job as she gets to make money by dressing like Barbie. The woman who is known as Ash Phillips, said that she earns $58,000 a year by impersonating Barbie even though she weighs 400 pounds. The 27-year-old woman of California, is known as the biggest Barbie in the world. She does this to promote a positive image for large people. Phillips now regularly attends Big Beautiful Women (BBW) events at nightclubs that are geared towards larger women. Phillips said that men are very attracted to her curves, which include her size 44DDD breasts. She said:
I have always wanted to be Barbie since I was little. Now thanks to the world of Big Beautiful Women I can achieve my dream and I get to eat what I want. […] Barbie is an iconic doll. I am living proof Barbie can also be big, large, plus size or yes fat. I have gained weight. I have more than 15,000 fans to prove my super-sized Barbie dream is a reality.
At 5ft 4ins, Ash has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 67 which makes her morbidly obese and is three times the recommended size for the average woman. ‘I do eat healthily though,’ she says. ‘People assume to stay this size you have to eat lots. I don’t some days it’s salads and other days it’s takeout.’ ‘Sometimes I can eat 5,000 calories but reality is many people average size can take that in given high sugar hidden in drinks and foods,’ she explains. While the recommended average intake for a woman is 2,500 calories a day Ash says she is happy with her body, believes in plus size positivity and respecting plus size people. ‘I don’t care what average is. I have never been average and am happy and healthy. Doctors say if I keep gaining I will get sick but I know lots of big girls who are healthy. Being a BBW Barbie is my dream come true.’ The first time I advertised I had 40 buyers in one week and I made £1200 Ash admits she is currently saving to have breast and butt implants to give her the same proportions as the doll which will make her super large form look even more unusual. ‘Look at Kim Kardashian, she made big bottoms popular and for many years big bottomed girls had been ridiculed. Now slowly big girls like I have been campaigning for plus size respect. I am not lazy I work out, I work for a living and I pay my own way and I won’t be criticised,’ she declares. Ash has an impressive collection of Barbie style clothes (all plus size), shoes and jewellery. ‘My Big Barbie world is definitely pink. I do have another non Barbie life but slowly the two are blending. I also constantly get mistaken for plus size models.’