I was 10 years old when Barbie came out, so my mother told me I was to old for dolls then, so I never had one, but I buy them for my GDs as Barbie is beautiful and a Fashion Doll. I wouldn't buy the other doll.
My daughters never collected Barbies, and I was glad because they are so unrealistic. I love your idea of showing that average is beautiful.
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I wasn't a big Barbie player. I had Midge just because she was different. But I'm not sure people had Barbie to be like her but to dream through her. The perfect guy, the perfect house, the perfect car, a horse and so on... It's like the reality shows, they are train wrecks to most of us but to many they live their dreams through them. I do think Lammily will be the kind of doll a young girl could play with and associate more with so maybe that alone will change that "dream" thinking into reality. Perhaps she can live the real life instead of the Hollywood type living that Barbie did. It's nice to see a guy that was so concerned about this, very thoughtful and caring on his part. After all... many men want the Barbies of the world don't they? I hope Lammily does well.
This is a nice doll and the idea is sound. But I am still a die-hard Barbie fan. I even made clothes for her and sold on Ebay as well as for many nieces and my granddaughters. Was it hard sometimes with her proportions? Yes!
I wish I could contribute to getting this doll on the market. Maybe we would be able to have realistic ideas of body image through dolls such as this. As women, we have been brainwashed into thinking we should have the perfect body measurments that are represented through unrealistic proportions being represented. Maybe we would accept our own bodies as they are instead of being disillusioned by the 'perfect body'. A doll such as this would help with the perception of how a women's body really is. We are all beautifully made, no matter the shape we have.
Thanks for all the research and hard work you have done to create a realistic doll. I had several Barbies when I was a young girl. I was lucky as my mother and aunt were fantastic seamstresses and made tons of clothes for my Barbies.
I have granddaughters now and would really like to give them Lammily dolls (got to work on that name). I'd even make great clothes for them.
I played with matchbox cars, so now I want wheel implants.
Sorry, but I think people forget that we think about things in ways children just can't. The brain doesn't finish developing until you're about 25, imagine how much is still missing for the 5-8 year olds actually playing with these. Things we see as complicated can be really simple for children. The giraffe in the fridge questions, anyone? Kids these days are way too technologically involved, if I had a kid that'd rather play with a Barbie, than a tablet I'd say absolutely! There's worse things for kids to get themselves into than a funny looking doll. The things that will shape their self worth are the real people around them, mostly their PARENTS, not the toys they chop the hair off of.
Things like this also get blamed for eating disorders which completely undermines those illnesses, and sets back researching real causes. "Oh, just eat, you don't have to look like Barbie." How condescending is that?! To Hades with Barbie! These people are suffering an emotional disease and you're blaming a DOLL? Not the people who told them they weren't good enough, the parents that ignored or abandoned them, the depression they're suffering. Those are just examples, but you get my point. Trivializing illnesses by blaming toys makes people understand people dealing with it less, and makes people suffering from EDs not want help because they're not taken seriously.
WOW -- So impressive. I wish I had the money to invest in Lammily. I am very impressed. As a mother, my daughter wasted so many tears on her body image, and she was perfect. She wanted to be like Barbie, and after a slight period of anorexia, she achieved it. She even dressed like Barbie for Halloween. I'll post that picture on my profile page. Go LAMMILY !!!!!
Congratulations! You have just recreated the "Jill" doll, who was many young girls favorite tiny doll before Barbie and Matell took over and crushed the competition.
When Barbie came out, I thought she was weird. I couldn't imagine why anyone would want her for their doll. Skinny and stiff, with pointed toes no woman could walk on, I much preferred my "Jill". "Jill" was shorter, like her regular girl. Her knees bent. Her feet could walk. She had cute clothes. She was the first doll I ever saw who actually had breasts, but they were regular, normal breasts, like those of all the grown-up women I knew.
But I grew out of dolls and "Barbie", much to my surprise, took over the tiny doll market. My "Jill" doll got tossed out with my other toys. But I never forgot her. She was a real doll that looked like a real woman. "Barbie" is some man's distorted image of what a woman should look like. Why some male designer thought tall, skinny, and stiff, with oversized breasts, was better than what real women look like will forever be a mystery to me.
I never owned a "Barbie" and I never bought one for a little girl. Even at age 11, I knew she was a freak. I still think so. I don't know - although it would be interesting to find out - how Matell was able to take over the tiny doll market, and sell this weird looking doll when there were prettier, more realistic dolls available, like my "Jill" doll.
Once the competition was eliminated, anyone who wanted a little doll had to buy a "Barbie". All those other little dolls passed out of common knowledge, except by those of us born in the late 40's, who remember them.
Congratulations on the recreation of "Jill". May she be joined by many more Lamiliys!
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