‘Normal Barbie’ Real Girl Measurement

real-size-barbie (1)Nickolay Lamm designed what he called ‘Normal Barbie’, an attempt to make the doll reflect more typical bodies. Using measurements of an average 19-year-old woman from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he then molded them to Barbie’s 3-D model.

Mattel has been ramping up a questionable ‘unapologetic’ campaign for the doll, including featuring her in the latest Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Lamm has launched a crowdfunding site to produce 5,000 ‘Lammily’ dolls, models that feature average proportions, a light amount of makeup, and bendy joints.

It’s an alternative, he says, to unrealistically thin dolls like Barbie, or the hyper-sexualized Bratz, which have traditionally dominated the market. ‘I feel like there’s a very good chance that those types of dolls affect young girls. Source Via ONTD

Would YOU buy Lammily?

If there’s a very good chance like that, and if the average sized doll can actually look good, like Lammily does, let’s make it then. If there’s even a 10% chance that those dolls affect [body image], let’s make it.’

Researchers at the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland found that if Barbie’s proportions existed on a real human being, she wouldn’t have the 17% to 22% body fat necessary to menstruate. And while it’s difficult to gauge, there is some empirical evidence that Barbie could affect a girl’s self-image:

A 2006 study published in Developmental Psychology, for example, found that significantly more little girls exposed to images of Barbie (versus exposure to various picture books), reported being unhappy with their bodies and expressed the desire to be thinner then and as an adult.

  • laura

    This doll is so short? I’m a short girl (1m60, maybe even shorter) but this looks odd.. I think it’s a good idea initiative though.

    • K

      My thoughts exactly, it’s like her legs are unproportional with the rest of her body, I’m 1m67 so I find her way too short.

      Great idea though, it will affect positively the way girls think of themselves.

      • laura

        Yeah me too. I mean, my body doesn’t look like that at all and I’m probably shorter than her if she’d be a real woman. I think it’s just the upper body that is too long, idk. If he’d work on that, I think it’d be amazing.

        • Lily

          My torso is sooo long and I have super short legs, only difference is I’m twig thin. Other than that I’m defintely feeling this doll, lol.

          • laura

            Oh I didn’t know that was possible :s thanks for telling me this :)
            I think it’s a really great idea as well, it’s good for young girls that they have a more realistic image of women.

          • threelittlebirds

            i’m like that too, long torso and short legs. wish it was the opposite.

    • cerenagee

      agree. I’m 5’4 haha but yeah totally see where you’re coming from

  • cerenagee

    Great concept – much better than trying to do the whole big girl thing. A normal healthy sized doll is great

  • soph

    note that this is just measurements based off an ‘average’ 19 yr old. he also said he wants to get more funding so he can make girls of different ethnicities and proportions/measurements so keep in mind this is essentially a prototype to see if children would even want to play with the doll lol and tbh she really isnt that disproportionate, i know a lot of girls (myself included) that actually look quite a lot like this but i think the idea is awesome, hopefully people get on board so that he can make more diverse dolls for everyone’s wants/needs

  • Tash

    When i 1st saw it i thought it was a demi doll. Cos it looks like her and she did say she wanted to make normal looking dolls. Oh and in 1.50 and im 21. A lot of girls my age i know are only a few cm taller than me. 1.6 is tall for us.

  • anonymous

    where’s the average man doll?

    • anon

      It would be tall, with narrow hips, broad shoulders, thick forearms and a belly.

  • rose.garden

    It’s about damn time

  • Duckyhoward15

    I love it

  • Godney

    i look nothing like that, and im not even that tall (1m65), besides its quite ugly…
    (hate the words “real woman”, do people realize not all are the same?, the skinny barbie is not that bad, just make her to be aspirational like being a president or something)

    • amy

      1st of all, no one said that that doll is a “real woman”. The proportions of the doll were determined by finding the average proportions of a 19 year old woman in the US. No one said that a woman that looks like that is any more of a woman than any other woman. It is just a statistically accurate representation of the average woman in the US. Secondly, Barbie is not “skinny”. Her proportions are incredibly fake. If she were a real human being she wouldn’t be able to stand up. Giving a doll to girls with a legitimately unachievable body and telling them that Barbie is beautiful is terrible. Please read this http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2308658/How-Barbies-body-size-look-real-life-Walking-fours-missing-half-liver-inches-intestine.html

      • Godney

        You realize she is a doll right?

        Why are her proportions suppost to be “normal” ( as called the “normal barbie”).

        its a DOLL for god sake, Barbie does nothing wrong with the image little girls have of them self!.

        I grew up loving and playing with barbies and im not some skinny wanna be barbie.

        Parents should care about the image their daughter have of them self, men in general are to blaim if girls have image issues.

        not some doll.

        You realize barbie was the first image of a female astronaut?, a female doctor? how come THAT is not relevant but her body is?

        • lali

          I think the same as you, Barbie is the only doll that teaches girls they can be anything they want to be.

          • Godney

            Yes!, thank you! :D

        • Queen Amanda Bynes

          i agree, her size shouldnt matter at all.she’s not real after all.

          • Godney

            Like for real… do all dolls have real size proportion? babies doll have proportional size?

  • Cici

    I love this. Although I’m 5’4 & look nothing like that either, but it’s more close to me than the original Barbie! I think it’s a good idea to have all shapes & sizes out in the Barbie world, but honestly idk if they will sell as well as the original. Then again, parents are the ones buying these dolls for kids, so I’m sure they would love to buy the “average” doll.

  • shanghai

    Great concept but I dont like the doll. I think little girls like a doll that is prettier even if its a bit unrealistic. But I do think Barbie needs to be changed just a bit with regard to proportions and they do now have ones with different hair and skin colours but when present shopping I asked a kid which one she liked and blonde is still the most popular.

  • Astoria_Malfoy

    My little niece and my cousins are very specific and this days they only want Monster High dolls, or the Ever After high dolls.

  • Marina And My Diamonds

    I’m all for it, it doesn’t need to look like me for me to get what he’s doing. I mean the original Barbie looks nothing like me or anyone I know for that matter. This is a healthy image he’s going for.

  • Annie

    I hope they make some of other races, because at least they have a black barbie at the moment.

    • Godney

      There is black barbie, latina barbie and asian barbie… idk if there is indian barbie yet.

  • http://instagram.com/foreverjordan thesestrangelittlethings

    I actually like Barbie better. I’ve never been blonde, had pale skin, or had blue eyes, so I never compared myself to her growing up because I knew I looked nothing like her. This is just my opinion though.

  • Mofack

    I think it’s stupid it’s Barbie you don’t mess with that. Barbie is a toy not a human! Too many people are up their own asses these days.

  • guest

    Dolls are supposed to look like models, they are DOLLS after all.

  • Sir Doctor of TARDIS

    even if i dissagree with all that “princess should be fat and bald and dolls more real” crap i have to admit those dolls look pretty cute and adorable *and i never had a doll in my life, i find them stupid and ugly*

  • nina

    anyone noticed that this barbies is a brunette?
    i will see a real change when the original barbie (blonde) has “normal” measurement and has the same face structure.

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