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Does It Matter If Children's Dolls Don't Look Like Real People?

Friday 7th March 2014

An artist who created a 'realistic' Barbie-like doll - made to match actual dimensions of an average woman - has raised more than double the money needed to begin selling the toy.

Lammily. Pictures: Nickolay Lamm

Designer Nickolay Lamm began by asking himself 'what if Fashion Dolls Were Made Using Standard Human Body Proportions?'

After coming up with a prototype doll and posting the pictures on his website people began asking when the toy would actually be produced.

Lammily was born.

He put the project up on a crowdsourcing website and raised his target of $95,000 in 24 hours. He has since been pledged more than double the amount, with the dolls expected to be finished by November this year.

The Lammily doll is being sold for $17 - just over 10 - and has been made to match typical human body preportions.

She is also described as fit and strong and wears minimal make up.

LBC's Julia Hartley-Brewer wants to know your thoughts on if having a realistic doll is significant?

Poll: Lammily Doll

Does it matter if the dolls our children play with don't look like real people?