Do you like the idea of Barbie but hate that by even whispering her name you're contributing to the perpetuation of superhuman, hyperheteronormative beauty standards that eternalize a culture of shame? Well, meet Lammily.
Lammily is the forthcoming plastic doll whose motto is, "Average is beautiful." Her body shape is based on averages of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that is more often used to track the American obesity epidemic. She is not affiliated with Mattel's Barbie.
Last year, graphic designer Nickolay Lamm created some concept images of the "Normal Barbie" that became very popular around the Internet. (If you didn't see them, one is to the right.) Today Lamm is launching a project to put the design into production and make the dolls a reality. It's crowd-sourced (external - login to view), it "promotes realistic standards of beauty," and it can be under your holiday tree by late 2014 if enough people support the project.
thick barbie rulz!
'Normal Barbie' Doll With Average Female Body Is Coming to Life - James Hamblin - The Atlantic (external - login to view)