For almost 60 years, Barbie has been a girl’s best friend. Although her outfits and professions have changed, her body hasn’t, leading to concerns over her contribution to low self-esteem in girls and setting unrealistic body expectations.
Now, there’s a new “average” alternative: Meet Lammily, the first Barbie-like doll to boast real-life proportions.
Last year, digital artist Nickolay Lamm set out to answer one question: What if fashion dolls were made from standard female body measurements?
This led him to render a 3D-printed model of a more realistic doll based on the average American 19-year-old girl, edited in Photoshop for comparison to the slender Barbie doll with distorted proportions.
The images of his doll went viral, causing parents and kids alike to question where they could find a Barbie more like his. The problem, though, is that a doll like that doesn’t exist. Until now.
Lammily is now on her way to production with the help of crowdfunding. With 28 days left to fundraise his $95,000 project, Lamm has already earned an overwhelming amount of support and $227,610. He’s now partnering up with Robert Rambeau, the former vice president of manufacturing at Mattel, to find a manufacturer so Lammily can make her debut this year.
With a 32-inch bust, 31-inch waist and 32-inch hips, Lammily promotes realistic beauty standards and a healthy lifestyle.
The brown-haired doll is complete with articulated wrists, knees, elbows and feet and wears minimal makeup.
“I wanted to show that average is beautiful,” says Lamm, “so that our girls can grow up to become happier, stronger women, fully confident and proud in their own bodies.”
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PHOTO CREDIT: LAMMILY.COM