I know I’ve said I wasn’t wild about having a ‘common’ ailment, benign though it my vertigo was. But this new doll is a reason to celebrate ordinariness. The developer – a man named  Nicholay Lamm decided he’d had enough with the freakishly proportioned by 50-year-old Barbie and her ilk.  He took a series of measurements of an average 19-year-old American woman and came up with a lovely dark-haired representation of a genuine body. She does not have a wasp waist nor does she have shelf-like breasts and permanently deformed feet suited only for high heels.

Lammily (okay, so there’s a bit of ego) is her name. The reaction to young children is wonderful to watch. Average. She is advertised as an average doll. A realistic doll. Isn’t that something to aspire to – that we are accepted for what we are as part of the larger group of ordinary women. The company got its start through crowd-funding – the final amount raised was far in excess of what they expected. There’s a clothing line and ethnic versions of Lammily in the works. At a cost of $25 for the doll, it’s an affordable addition to a toy chest.

Check out the Lammily website and have a look at their videos.

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