Since 1959, girls around the globe have been spending their childhoods playing with Barbie. But with self-confidence issues and eating disorders becoming more common in young girls, designer Nickolay Lamm decided to create a doll modern girls can relate to.
Based on the average size of 19-year-old women, Lamm’s doll, nicknamed Lammily, has a fuller figure compared to Barbie and swaps heels and cute dresses with stretch marks, scars, spots and cellulite. Oh the joys of being a real woman! Children are encouraged to add these normal imperfections to their dolls, sparking creativity (every one will look different depending on what the child chooses to add to their doll) and understanding that women do not look as perfect as Barbie! And that’s NORMAL!
With girls being used to Barbie’s itty-bitty waist, slim line figure and constantly arched feet ready for the highest heels, would they accept the change? When schoolgirls were given Lammily the reaction was very interesting! Comments included “ She looks like my sister!” “She looks like a regular girl” and “She is so pretty!”, proving that young girls don’t think you have to be stick thin and perfect to be attractive! And surely it’s better for them to play with dolls that are completely relatable!
Children are the least judgmental people on earth. Judgement comes from fear and the unknown and that is why it is important to show children all different types of people and circumstance for them to understand those differences. I think Lamm’s doll does just that and it is so refreshing to see that Lammily has been completely accepted by young girls.
Lammily is available for purchase in the same month that illustrator Loryn Brantz decided to change the waistlines of Disney Princesses, to a size that is actually humanly possible.
Is this the start of changing how we portray women to our children? And will Lammily come up trumps over Barbie in children’s stockings this Christmas?