Wednesday, December 03, 2014 - 23:49

The News Minute | November 21, 2014 | 02.09 pm IST

Tall, thin, beautiful with blond hair, the perfect body, the perfect measurements – this is how one can describe the Barbie, almost every girl’s favourite doll growing up.

At a time where skinny models and the size-zero concept has been frowned down upon, artist Nickolay Lamm began a crowdfunding project which revolved around coming up with a more realistic-looking Barbie doll that children could identify with.

He used the CDC measurements of an average 19-year old woman and created the ‘normal’ Barbie doll .

See the changes made to the 'normal' Barbie to show the difference with the original version.

In his blog he wrote, Lammily’s instant popularity was largely driven by a concern for body image. I believe this issue is of great magnitude. I myself have lived through my share of insecurities. Back in high school, I starved myself and exercised to exhaustion to have a set of six-pack abs. After achieving my desired BMI, I looked and felt terrible. This experience taught me to keep things in perspective. Every one of our bodies is different, so we should not be aspiring to some idealized standard.

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The normal Barbies are not only different in measurements, the dolls come with additional features such as acne, stretch marks and even a scratch that buyers can add. 

Costing an additonal fee for the add-ons, even tattoos can be bought making the doll seem more realistic. 

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Barbie3                                                                                                                                                Pictures courtesy: Nickolay Lamm

Would you prefer the new, 'normal' Barbies instead of the age-old existing one? The goal behind creation of these more normal-looking dolls is to ensure that kids growing up have a better and more realistic idea about body features. 

"The foundation of Lammily is built on being true to yourself in a world that pressures you to conform to standards. I believe an entire world, with interactive resources, accessories, and clothes can be built to allow kids to find their own path," said Lamm in his blog. 

Will these imperfections on the dolls sold alongside make an impact on little minds  or would they peel it off, and make do was a question asked on social media. 

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