Monday, November 24, 2014

Meet Lammily


The $25 doll – slogan 'average is beautiful' – is now ready for shipping. Photograph: Lammily
A doll with cellulite, acne, stretch marks and the proportions of the average teenage girl aims to challenge the 55-year domination of the market by Barbie.
The creator of Lammily, artist Nickolay Lamm claims it is the first affordable doll on the market made according to realistic body proportions and is the result of a crowdfunding campaign that saw more than 13,621 backers pre-order over 19,000 dolls.
“Many people criticize Barbie but there was no alternative,” Lamm said. “Now I’ve made one and when little girls see her, hold her, they feel like they already know her because she is more like them and the people they know.” Were Barbie life-size, she would measure 36-18-33, stand 1.75 metres (5ft 9in) and weigh 50kg (7st 12lb) – 16kg underweight for a woman that height.
Scholars once worked out that the likelihood of having Barbie’s body shape is one in 100,000. Lammily, in contrast, is based on the proportions of the average 19-year-old young woman as measured by the American Centers for Disease Control.
But as ground-breaking as Lammily’s body shape is, her range of accessories will also give any Barbie-worshipping child a jolt: for an extra $6 there are stickers that allow children to add a range of so-called physical flaws, including freckles, glasses, blushing, bruises, dirt and grass stains.
Lamm first made headlines in May 2013 with a series of Photoshopped images of fresh-faced Barbies and other conventional dolls, to show children that dolls – and by association, girls and women – don’t need makeup to be attractive.
Barbie is owned by US toy maker Mattel. But I bet you didn’t know that Barbie was originally modelled on a German doll called Lillie, who was in turn based on a comic strip character described as a “gold-digging prostitute”?
On Thursday, Sunway University Toastmasters Club had their last meeting for this calendar year – our 60th – and I was the Toastmaster-of-the-Evening. I think I did a good job.
And since Benny Chia was at the meeting, I seized the opportunity to speak – and so I delivered CC speech #6 and he evaluated me. He correctly described my speech as a potpourri of ideas that went helter-skelter – in other words, I was trying to achieve too much with my speech. Still I was voted Best Project Speaker.
Overall, a good meeting and of course, I am giving it an 8 over 10 score.

BTW, we also said farewell to two members, Hisham Mohamed (photo below, left) and Musthaq Mukthar (right) who have completed their studies and will soon be heading for home (i.e. Maldives and Sri Lanka respectively). I wish them all the best in their future undertakings.

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