Artist seeks crowdfunding for normal-looking Barbie

Everyone knows Barbie isn't real. In any sense of the word. Now a designer wants to introduce a whole line of Barbies that look like, well, women.

Now that's more like it, surely. Lammily screenshot by Chris matyszczyk/CNET

I'm sorry, but Barbie's never really done it for me.

It's not Barbie's fault. It's that every woman I've met who tries to look like her always seems to exude a certain asensuality.

I am fascinated, therefore, by the attempts of Nickolay Lamm, who has decided to create a realistic Barbie.

Artist and researcher Lamm asked himself a simple question: "What if fashion dolls were made using standard human body proportions?"

Indeed, that's the headline for his crowdsourcing campaign to bring his prototype average-looking Barbie to market.

Lamm says on his site that his Lammily doll has "typical human proportions." She's clearly shorter and wears minimal makeup. There is surely no definition of average. However, this doll is certainly more real than Barbie.

Lamm has already created a 3D prototype and is looking to raise $90,000 to bring Lammily to your family.

He says he's being helped by Robert Rambeau, former vice president of manufacturing at Mattel, with regard to understanding the world of doll manufacture.

The idealization and idolization of certain body types has brought with it enormous problems.

For example, Brian Cubans' brilliant and honest autobiography of living with body dysmorphic disorder -- "Shattered Image" -- shows just how a distorted sense of self-image can affect men, as well as women.

I know there will be parts of Texas and California that will shudder at the idea that a human-looking Barbie might be just as much fun to play with as an unnatural-looking Barbie.

But when insanity and abnormality abound seemingly without end, what a beautifully abnormal thing it would be if children aspired to be apogees of humanity, rather than effigies of 1950s cocktail parties.

The 3D model. Lammily screenshot by Chris matyszczyk/CNET
 

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