Most of the dolls our children play with today have impossibly big eyes and ridiculously small waists. So when Nickolay Lamm decided to present a Pennsylvania class of second graders with a real-life-looking Barbie alternative, he didn’t know what kind of reaction to expect.
Mr. Lamm’s Lammily doll has the measurements of the average 19-year-old woman (according to CDC data), rather than the anatomically inconceivable Barbie doll. And what he discovered was that most of the second-graders found that the doll looked kind of familiar. One girl smiled and commented that the Lammily doll “looks like my sister”. Here are several other reactions:
She looks like a regular girl going to school.
She looks like she would help someone if they were hurt.
She’s not like other dolls… she looks real.
But did the fact that the Lammily doll looked “real” make it preferable to a Barbie doll? Well, when presented with a choice between a blonde and busty Barbie and a Lammily doll, the kids said that they’d rather have the one who, if real, “would be able to stand”. An amazingly astute observation, considering that, as previous research has confirmed, a Barbie wouldn’t be able to fully lift her head if she were an actual human being.
Here is a comparison between the two dolls:
Lammily — time to get real:
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