New, more realistic Barbie coming?

By admin
08 March 2014

There may soon be a more realistic Barbie doll. An American artist has developed a doll based on the body measurements of the average 19-year-old American woman.

There may soon be a more realistic Barbie doll on the market – one that shows an “average” appearance can also be beautiful. Nickolay Lamm, an American artist, has developed a doll, Lammily, based on the body measurements of the average 19-year-old American woman.

'Lammily promotes realistic beauty standards'

“Lammily promotes realistic beauty standards because she is made according to typical human body proportions. She is fit and strong. She has style and wears minimal makeup,” Nickolay says in a video.

After completing his first designs and animation projects Nickolay received so much positive feedback he decided to make the doll a reality. He hopes to raise money to produce the doll by means of crowdfunding.

“I need your help to cover the costs of the first production run to make Lammily a reality so that our girls can grow up to become happier stronger women, truly confident and proud of their bodies,” he says.

Take a look at Lammily here:

Lammily is very different from the traditional Barbie doll, an example of which was recently in the news after a photograph of her was used on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual swimwear issue.

Barbie made it onto the Sports Illustrated cover Barbie made it onto the Sports Illustrated cover

The long-legged blonde is seen in a classic black and white swimming costume, similar to the one in which the first Barbie was sold more than 50 years ago.

The cover is thanks to an advertising campaign, Unapologetic, that the producers of the classic plastic doll used to promote a positive message to women: You don’t have to apologise for who you are or how you look.

Can’t say it worked though – many say the campaign sets unrealistic standards of what women should look like and it’s easy to be unapologetic if you have long blonde hair, barely a waist and slim long legs.

Sources: E! Online, Barbiecollector.com, Mashable.com

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