Lammily is an American fashion doll developed by Nickolay Lamm in 2014. The doll was conceived as an "average" alternative to Mattel's Barbie line, which has gained controversy over its body image and proportions. Lamm created the toy using proportions of the average 19-year-old woman as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (Petri). The name “Lammily” was formed by combining his last name and “family”.
Lamm took inspiration for the doll from his high school experiences, when he felt self-conscious and had low self-esteem over his appearance. The idea for the doll line started from a series of concept renders using Autodesk 3ds Max and Adobe Photoshop, comparing a Barbie doll to body proportions of a 19-year-old woman based on data from Centers for Disease Control. The new doll’s wrists, feet, hands, and knees were also designed to move and bend. Development of the doll was crowd sourced via Tilt.com, and in less than a day raised more than its $95,000. The funding campaign eventually raised $501,000 - more than five times the initial goal. Lamm's philosophy for the dolls is that “Lammily represents the idea of being true to yourself in a world that too often convinces us to pursue an unattainable fantasy” and asks future supporters to join him “in promoting the beauty of reality”
The first edition Lammily doll is marketed as "fit and strong" and has brown hair and little makeup. The Independent described her outfits as "toned-down", compared to Barbie's. The doll is articulated with jointed wrists, elbows, knees and ankles, enabling it to wear sneakers as well as high heel shoes. Barbie did once try to unsuccessfully market a plus size doll but reason why the doll received little support is for the same reason the original causes such controversy: her exaggerated proportions. However, this Barbie doll was on the opposite end of the spectrum. Plus sized Barbie features the same recognizable wardrobe, hair, and eyes, but she also sports a triple chin unlike the Lammily doll.
Backers of the crowdfunded campaign were given the opportunity to pre-order the doll prior to general release. The doll officially launched at the end of November 2014. Additional accessory features, including body modification stickers and alternate fashion designs, are scheduled to be released in January 2015.
The Lammily doll was featured in an online advertising campaign called #DoYou, which shows Lammily excited to go on a vacation to Miami before being beset by beauty standards.
The doll has received praise in various media arenas penning her as a healthier and normal role model for the youth of which sets more realistic beauty standards. Demi Lovato described the doll as "awesome" on Twitter.
It has been argued that Barbie dolls reflect highly sexualized image and circumscribe girl’s play by emphasizing prescribed roles and patterns of interaction. It is feared that by dramaticizing stereotypical feminine roles during play, girls will internalize and later embody such roles. This is one of the reasons Lammily was received as so refreshing
On November 19th of 2014 a video showing the reaction of second graders from St. Edmund's Academy in Pittsburgh, PA to the new Lammily doll was published on YouTube by the doll's creator. As of 7 March 2017 the video has attracted over 4.8 million views.
Parents who feel that Barbie’s unrealistic body and lifestyle are a negative influences will find Lammily to be the perfect alternative; on the other hand, children might prefer Barbie simply because she’s more extravagant.
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