Well, it's finally happened. After years of talk about how utterly unrealistic Barbie is—from her impossibly tiny waistline to her massive, doe-like eyes—one toymaker has finally created a doll for girls that's ... well, normal.
Though her official name is the Lammily doll, the new toy is also being dubbed by the media as "Normal Barbie" for her remarkably true-to-life design. Not only was her body designed to resemble that of the average 19-year-old (according to CDC data), but she also comes with a pack of sticker accessories ranging from cellulite to freckles to grass stains to a cluster of unfortunate zits.
"I wanted to show that reality is cool," the doll's creator, Nickolay Lamm, who had a background in graphic design before recently jumping into toy making, told The Independent.
"I want[ed] to show that having things like acne, cellulite and stretch marks are all normal things to have. [They're] nothing to be ashamed about," he also shared with The Independent. "I just feel that in toy stores there's a wall of supermodel-like dolls (not that there's anything wrong with being a supermodel). But if there's a doll which looks like typical people, it's saying that it's OK to look real and not like a supermodel."
Boy, we couldn't agree more.
Here's a teaser Lamm made for the doll, which highlights just how far from reality the typical Barbie doll is—and how close to the truth Lammily gets.
So what led this graphic designer to suddenly want to get into toy making? According to Lamm, we can all thank Demi Lovato for that. He was inspired to create the doll after the pop star sent out this tweet back in 2013:
Also, Barbie should make dolls with cellulite!!! Hahaha!!! After all, around 95% of ALL women have it!!! 😝😊
So far, kids are loving it. Check out this clip of some second-grade girls playing with the Lammily doll for the first time. Turns out, they don't need to play with a doll that sports huge boobs, a face full of makeup and impossible-to-achieve proportions to have fun. They also think she's beautiful, just as she is.