For years, Barbie has been criticized for setting unrealistic body-image expectations for young girls. But it wasn’t until artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm came along that someone offered an actual alternative to the age-old doll. When Lamm heard the criticism, he had an idea to use the CDC’s measurements for the average 19-year-old American woman to create Real Barbie, which was released on July 4, 2013. The response from that project is what made Lamm decide to carry out his vision and actually create these dolls, but he needs help raising funds.
We caught up with Lamm to talk about his inspiration, and where Lammily goes from here: READ FULL STORY