Let us give a warm, cordial welcome to Lammily, the first and only “normal” Barbie doll available in the market.
Not only Lammily has the proportions of a regular teenager, she’s also not immune to acne, cellulite and other icky skin problems.
Artist Nickolay Lamm wanted to find out exactly how different a doll created using the body proportions of a typical 19-year-old would look from Barbie. Turns out, very different:
â€œI created â€˜Normal Barbieâ€™ because I wanted to show that average is beautiful,â€ Lamm says about his experiment. His â€œnormal Barbieâ€ became a mockup for a type of doll: Lammily, a fashion doll that promote realistic beauty standards and a healthy lifestyle.
â€œThe foundation of Lammily is built on being true to yourself in a world that pressures you to conform to standards,â€ he explains.
And Nickolay doesnâ€™t want that message to be misconstrued: â€œI see â€˜averageâ€™ as inclusive of all of us, not a standard which excludes. I want to show that reality is beautiful…and there should be a line of dolls, which reflects this fact.â€
And now there is. His Lammily mockup has become an actual fashion doll and is available for purchase for $25.00 on the Lammily website.
Lammily isnâ€™t just meant to promote a positive body image, sheâ€™s meant to promote an all-around realistic life. Which means, as Nicholay puts it, her goals will differ from other dolls who want to be â€œdivas, princesses, and mermaids.â€
â€œI want Lammilyâ€™s accessories to be reflective of real life in miniature form. I envision her reading books that inform and playing instruments that educate,â€ he reveals. â€œI see her constructing her own home, cultivating her own garden while learning about the wonders of plants and vegetables and eating these nourishing and healthy foods. â€œ
And if that all wasnâ€™t realistic enough, for $6.00 you can also buy â€œLammily Marks,â€ which are clear vinyl stickers used so kids can customize their doll with freckles, glasses, tattoos, and band aids.
The Lammily Marks also include stretch marks, cellulite , acne, moles, grass and dirt stains, mosquito bites, stitches, scrapes, and scratches.
Getting kids used to the idea that these things are completely normal and not â€œflawsâ€ to be ashamed of can only be a good thing.MYNEWSHUB