Lammily Doll Is The 'Normal Barbie', Average And Beautiful. Stretch Marks Included.

Graphic designer Nickolay Lamm used an art project to show the world what Barbie would look like if she had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman, according to the CDC. No one was particularly surprised that the side-by-side comparison of the two dolls showed very different results. We all know Barbie is a fantasy no woman should try to emulate and a fantasy no man should expect. Lamm created the Lammily doll, the ‘Normal Barbie’, to provide young girls with a more realistic view of women’s bodies, including acne and stretch marks.

Beauty comes in many shapes, sizes and color. However, body image is an issue for many young women and sometimes mothers struggle with giving their children, particularly young daughters, a doll which perpetuates the cycle of unrealistic beauty. Lamm’s Lammily doll has become the answer to many parents’ and children’s request for a more realistic Barbie doll. The ‘Normal Barbie’ represents the average woman.

Lamm has repeatedly emphasized that “average is beautiful”. A Lammily doll is shorter and thicker than Barbie and her hair is brown. Lammily doll wears sporty and practical clothes with seemingly comfortable shoes. She even comes with some accessories based on the places where she is traveling: scarf, hand bag, jacket. I was totally on board with Lamm’s Lammily doll until I saw acne, cellulite, or stretch marks could be added to her with Lammily Marks.

Lammily Marks are removable and reusable stickers that can be placed on the Lammily doll. There are 38 stickers total which include bandages, tattoos, scars, and bruises.

Lamm told The Huffington Post, "I feel that, right now, dolls are very 'perfect' looking, when, in real life, few of us have perfect skin. So, why not give dolls a 'real treatment?' Things like acne, stretch marks, and cellulite are a natural part of who we are."

All of our unique characteristics should be celebrated and embraced. And even our flaws can be considered beautiful. But do five or six-year-old kids really want to put stretch marks or zits on their dolls? My four-year-old daughter’s body will eventually have imperfections and I hope she takes them in stride with the aches and pains of a changing body. Having confidence to get through puberty, some weight gain, or living with a scar is one thing, but to throw some cellulite on her doll and play house is another.

Lamm has done a really great thing. He has created a doll that is a realistic size representation of most young women. He should have stopped there. My daughter uses dolls to recreate reality. But she also uses them to get lost in a world of play and imagination—a place where it’s okay if perfection or ideal situations exist. It’s my job as a parent to explain reality vs. fantasy. And it’s my job to teach my children self-acceptance and acceptance of others.

Adding stickers to a doll because we all have imperfections will not naturally translate to loving those imperfections. Nor can one doll cannot represent all characteristics of women our children see and will become. Instead of Lammily Marks, I’d like to see more diverse Lammily dolls. Give me an Indian, African America, Asian, or lesbian Lammily doll.

The Lammily doll sends a great message, and I am glad there is an alternative to Barbie. Loving our imperfections and flaws—stretch marks included—is important. If ‘Normal Barbie’ helps this sentiment become normal, I’m all in. Just keep the stickers.