The iconic Barbie doll has received a lot of criticism for teaching kids to aspire to unrealistic body types, so digital artist and design Nickolay Lamm decided to create a “normal barbie” named Lammily. This doll has the realistic body proportions of a 19-year-old girl, and can have tattoos, warts, acne, stretchmarks, and other realistic skin flaws.
A sticker pack that comes with the doll allows kids to apply all the sorts of skin imperfections that real people have, teaching kids that they don’t have to aspire to or value the unrealistic body images promoted by Barbie or Ken dolls. And, judging by the reactions of the 2nd-graders Lamm showed his doll to, the message has been received with open arms!
Lamm told Huffpost that he “wanted to show that average is beautiful and that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards. And I feel Barbie kind of symbolizes that.”
“Normal Barbie” has the average body shape of a 19-year-old girl
Just like a real girl, she can get acne, bruises, and other body marks, all included in Lammily’s sticker pack
Lammily with some stretch mark stickers on her belly
“Normal Barbie” with a cellulite sticker on her leg
Lammily loves sports, but she can get bruised just like we do
This doll encourages young girls to love their bodies
Lammily Barbie with freckle stickers on her cheeks
She has flexible limbs, realistic fingers and toes, and free-standing feet, allowing kids to involve her in sports that they couldn’t involve the classic Barbie doll in
Here she is with tattoo stickers
“Normal Barbie” with her arm in a cast – yes, she can get hurt too!
Lammily blushes when she’s been caught eating all the cookies
A pack of Lammily Marks
Compare the traditional Barbie doll on the left to Lamm’s first realistically proportioned doll model on the right
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