Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Average is Beautiful!

Last summer artist and researcher, Nickolay Lamm was all over the news with his "Normal Barbie" showing what fashion dolls would look like if they were made using standard human body proportions. The news coverage received tons of public interest, yet no interest from top toy company manufacturers. With so much support and interest in where to buy a normal doll like this, Nickolay started a campaign to manufacture the doll himself. So far it has received $401,557 from 11,320 backers, way over the original goal of $95,000 with 23 days left.

"Lammily, Average is Beautiful" The Lammily dolls were designed using the measurements of the average 19 year old American girl. The dolls have articulated wrists, knees, elbows, and feet so they can be more realistic and active. They also wear minimal make up. "Rather than waiting for toy companies to change their designs, let's change them ourselves by creating a fashion doll that promotes realistic beauty standards." Thank you Nickolay. I pre-ordered one of these dolls for my kids and I hope the success might lead doll manufactures to change their tune and start making more realistic fashion dolls.

Learn more about Lammily and Nickolay's work at www.lammily.com/average-is-beautiful

10 comments:

  1. what a great doll, thanks for the link :)

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  2. I love the concept. Thanks for the information!

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    1. Such a great concept, I had to share.

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  3. I hope she really takes off. I would say I would like her face to be just a little different so she won't appear to be staring or in a trance. Next step...multicultural!

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    1. I do like that her face is wider than Babies, (and I am not a fashion doll aficionado at all) but I kinda think a lot of dolls look like they are staring off into space. I do really hope they can work on the multicultural aspect, I would love to see more dolls with different eye shapes, jaw bones, cheek structure, etc. versus just the different skin color.

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  4. The real beauty, a good example for everyone. There will be more initiatives like this.
    Thanks for sharing. ;)
    Hugs.

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    1. I really hope they make more. I have to imagine with the success of the initial campaign, he realizes there is a true market out there that is willing to pay for dolls like these.

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  5. Have you ordered one ? I nearly did three days ago... As I am a vintage doll girl only, I agree with The grandmommy about the face (that's what stopped me so far... The lack of expression and her staring gaze... I don't quite warm to her)... I love her body though and the way it can be articulated and I love the initiative so I might end up getting one anyway to support it...

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    1. Yes, I got one. My daughter is not into Barbie yet (she's still living in tomboy land), but I got one to have ready for when/if she is. I hope by the time she's into Barbie there will a wider selection of these normal sized fashion dolls.

      I think it's good feedback about the face not being engaging. Hopefully they fix that.

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