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Lammily Doll Has Realistic Body Proportions

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The Lammily doll. Photo: Nikolay Lamm.
The Lammily doll. Photo: Nickolay Lamm.

Lammily is a new fashion doll that looks more like “real” women, according to its designer.

Artist Nikolay Lamm didn’t like the way some “fashion dolls” (for instance, Barbie dolls) are built to be very thin and tall, with unrealistic body proportions.

So he took the waist, leg, arm and other measurements of average 19-year-old women and transferred them down to the size of a doll.

The doll he came up with, using the measurements, looked more like an average woman. His doll, which he named Lammily, is more realistic looking.

“I wanted to show that average is beautiful,” he says in a promotional video on his website.

To get money to create the dolls, he started an Internet campaign last March. More than 13,600 people gave him money to help get him started producing the dolls. They pre-ordered more than 19,000 dolls.

“Lammily promotes a healthy lifestyle. She is fit and strong,” he says on his website. She wears very little make-up and her clothes are stylish but sporty.

Lammily, wearing white running shoes, denim shorts and a blouse, sells for $25 U.S. on Lamm’s website. She is 11” high and has “typical” human body proportions.

This article was originally published on TKN on Nov. 27, 2014.

On the left, a regular Barbie. On the right, what Barbie would look like if her measurements were closer to those of a real 19-year-old woman. Photo: Nikolay Lamm.
On the left, a regular Barbie. On the right, what Barbie would look like if her measurements were closer to those of a real 19-year-old woman. Photo: Nikolay Lamm.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
By Jonathan Tilly

Writing/Discussion Prompt
The Lammily doll is different from all other dolls because it uses realistic proportions and sizes. Why hasn’t someone invented a doll like this before now?

Do you think it will be successful?

Reading Prompt: Extending Understanding
Toys are often made from fantasy, whether it’s robots, soldiers, or dolls. How many of your toys are based in fantasy and how many are realistic? Why do you enjoy playing with the types of toys that you own?

Primary
Extend understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge and experience, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them (OME, Reading: 1.6).

Junior
Extend understanding of texts by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them (OME, Reading: 1.6).

Intermediate
Extend understanding of texts, including increasingly complex or difficult texts, by connecting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them (OME, Reading: 1.6).

Language Feature: Prefixes (un-)
A prefix is a word that is placed before another in order to change its meaning. Today’s story includes the word, “unrealistic” which is a word that is made by joining the prefix “un” (meaning not) and the word “realistic.” Accordingly, the word “unrealistic” means “not resembling something that is real.”

Make a list of 10 words that use the prefix “un.” Don’t be afraid to have some fun with this; try to create some new words of your own and include them on your list too.