Ever since the first Barbie doll was created in 1959 by Ruth Handler, it has become a popular toy fashion doll for over fifty years. However, this toy fashion doll has become a subject of concern and controversy, as experts wonder whether Barbie would have a positive influence over children.
One of the main concerns is that Barbie creates an unrealistic and unattainable body image ideal, as a standard Barbie doll measured in human height would be 5ft 9 with a 16 inch waist and 3.5 inch wrists. Although the size chart is physically impossible for humans in the real world (she would only have room for half a liver and a few inches of intestine), certain individuals like Valeria Lukyanova have strived for this body ideal as their life goal and even went through numerous plastic surgery procedures to achieve it.
In order to decrease the rate of anorexia and body image issues, artist Nickolay Lamm has created a “normal” barbie doll with realistic human body measurements. With the slogan “average is beautiful”, the 19 year old realistic barbie doll is shorter, broader and has a thicker neck compared to the traditional model.
What started off as a 3D-modelling and crowdfunding project has turned into a official production of the “Lammily” line of realistic barbie dolls, which includes models based on the average body measurements of a typical 19 year old girl in the United States. This line of dolls promotes a healthy lifestyle and wears minimal makeup. Instead of being body-shamed by the traditional Barbie dolls, Nikolay hopes that the Lammily line of dolls will have a positive influence over young girls and help them grow up feeling strong and proud.