​'Normal Barbie' Is Here: Zits, Stretchmarks & All (VIDEO)

lammily normal barbieI'm not going to pick on Barbie ... too much. I'm a Barbie graduate. I did many years pretending I was the leggy one with the 'vette, the dream house, Skipper, and Ken. I cut their hair on purpose (well, not Ken's, of course) and accidentally broke their arms. Since I had a younger sister, I probably played with Barbies much longer than most kids my age back then until they were retired to my parents' attic where they still reside today, cobwebbed and cold, but still with a figure that defies time and age and the laws of the average human form. Not so for Lammily, the "normal Barbie" who might end up being your kid's best doll friend thanks to her scars, pimples, stretchmarks, and -- for the truly daring -- tattoos.


It reminds me of the Build-A-Bear gifted to my father when he was in a motorcycle accident from his friend. He made it to be a biker bear with a faux leather jacket, black sunglasses, and a cast on his leg with crutches. Perhaps a Lammily with stretchmarks would make a great present for a mom concerned about her changing body. Or a teenager worried her skin isn't flawless. But it's also a realistic preemptive move for parents to buy Lammily for their kid so that their child knows that women aren't all plastic pieces of so-called perfection. I like that. Dolls should be in all shapes, sizes, colors, adding to the magic of playtime.

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But I do think the "normal Barbie" nickname should stop. What does normal even mean? There are some women who look like Barbie just like there are some who look more like Lammily. We can't teach kids that one is normal and the other is not. They should learn that we are all here and different and fantastic in our own unique ways and looks.

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I still want to applaud this doll. The designer behind the Lammily is Nickolay Lamm who wanted to make a doll that helped kids with insecurities after growing up with many of his own. It started as an experiment that became a reality. He felt a doll with realistic body measurements would help kids see that there isn't just one standard, that bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and come adorned with beautiful imperfections. Lamm used the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to create Lammily. Her makeup is minimal and her clothes aren't bedazzled for galas and exclusive balls. "Lammily Marks" can be purchased for her -- there are 38 re-usable stickers that include glasses, stitches, birth marks, acne, freckles, casts, and tattoos. This promotional video gives us a look at the differences between Barbie and Lammily, and how she was created.

I don't think we should banish Barbie from the dream house -- or any house. Barbie should be friends with Lammily. There should be more dolls in the market for kids today even though so many parents are thinking, PLEASE NO MORE DOLLS! Diversity is good, even in the land of make-believe. There is plenty of room in the dream house.

Would you buy Lammily for your child?

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