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What ‘Normal Barbie’ Can’t Do

Rebecca Thomas, Staff Writer

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A flawless complexion along with an unrealistically proportioned body has been the definition of beauty for ages. For further emphasis on society’s standards for every woman’s appearance, the Barbie doll was invented in 1959.

Fifty-four years later, the looks of an “ideal woman” has still not yet been set in stone. After much outcry against the Barbie doll’s unattainable bodily proportions: an impossible small waist, skyscraper long legs, and feet permanently fixed in a stiletto position. The disapproval of the standard Barbie doll sparked an new, more realistic doll.

This ‘normal Barbie’ was recently invented by Nickolay Lamm. The doll, dubbed Lammily after its creator, is the embodiment of the average 19 year old, with realistic proportions. Not only is this Barbie different in size, it comes with cellulite, stretch mark, scar, acne, and other blemish stickers that children can put on the doll to make it look like an everyday person. These flaws are a reflection of accepting one’s own imperfections, while still feeding society’s obsession with the outward aesthetic appearance.

However, replacing the face of flawless beauty and size, Barbie,  with something else less glamorous and more everyday, Lammily,  is completely insignificant and does not change the fact that children are being taught to pay more attention to the exterior than interior. A barbie doll, whether impeccable or completely deformed, is mere plastic. What can plastic do for the children of America? Plastic forms neither belief nor morals. Plastic does not urge children to step away from the mirror in order to develop something deeper than an pretty face and shape: a personality. The Lammily doll definitely shows little girls that it is okay to have flaws, a step up from the faultless Barbie doll. On the other hand, if children were taught to be indifferent to looks in the first place, what outward flaw could there be?

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