SI Swimsuit Model Ashley Graham to Host ‘Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge’ on HGTV

The 2016 issue cover star will emcee the four-episode series this summer.
Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham.

What can’t Ashley Graham do? The model is also a mom, published author, entrepreneur and TV presenter. She’ll dust off her television hat this summer as the host of HGTV’s new show, Barbie Dreamhouse Challenge

The four-episode series will follow several HGTV stars as they turn a house in Southern California into an abode suitable for the iconic Mattel doll herself. A Barbie super fan will then have the opportunity to stay in the pretty-in-pink home.

“[Barbie] holds such a special place in my heart, especially since Mattel created a one-of-a-kind doll of me back in 2016,” the three-time SI Swimsuit model stated in a release. “It feels like such a full circle moment now that I have a hand in the creation of her real-life Dreamhouse.”

The series is set to premiere ahead of the release of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie film starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, which is slated to hit theaters on July 21.

The official HGTV and Barbie Instagram accounts announced the forthcoming show in a joint post on March 21 to major fanfare. The promo clip features Graham wearing a fuzzy bucket hat, holding her very own Barbie doll.

Whoop! Gonna be so fun and EXTRA! Barbie dreams come to life!” one of the show’s renovation experts, Bargain Block’s Evan Thomas, wrote in the comments.

“Super excited 💗,” TV personality Christina Hall concurred of her new gig.

“I cannot wait for this!” a fan gushed.

“My daughter and I are going to LOVE this show!” another person added.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.