Some of you might have seen the article about the “average” [name_f]Barbie[/name_f] doll that was circulating several months ago on the internet and was applauded for being a realistic-looking doll for girls. Apparently she is moving towards production and has a name-- Lammily, presumably after the surname of the man who created her.
While I love this idea and think it will be great for future generations of girls, can we pause for a moment to consider the name Lammily? What are your thoughts and opinions on this new invention?
The artist’s name was Nikolay Lamm. While I appreciate the more realistic proportions of the doll, why the childish take on his surname? What’s wrong with [name_u]Nicola[/name_u], [name_f]Nicole[/name_f], [name_f]Nicolette[/name_f], [name_f]Nicoletta[/name_f], [name_f]Nicolina[/name_f] etc…They made the doll more womanly but unfortunately forgot to choose a name to match it. Lammily sounds like a 2-year-old trying to pronounce the name [name_f]Emily[/name_f].
Lammily is pretty bad but let’s all be real here and talk about the fact it’s just a doll… nobody is naming their children Lammily nor would I expect it to become even marginally popular - did we ever see a generation of little girls called [name_f]Barbie[/name_f]?
As far as the doll is concerned I absolutely love the idea in principal, but if it is currently being made it’s not being executed particularly well. I showed my 5 year old cousin the promotional video and her only comments where that she had ugly clothes - which I totally get, can’t ‘‘normal’’ women dress well?!
I think the only reason it’s getting any publicity at all is because it’s designed by a male. It’s a different and achievable ideal to what we’re used to seeing, but it’s still just that - an expectation pushed upon females (the minimal make up thing? Hah. And the fact it’s marketed as ‘normal’ to an American audience is a joke).
[name_f]Barbie[/name_f]'s “real” name is [name_f]Barbara[/name_f] [name_f]Millicent[/name_f] [name_m]Roberts[/name_m]. She was named for the creator’s daughter, [name_f]Barbara[/name_f]. The year the [name_f]Barbie[/name_f] doll was created, [name_f]Barbara[/name_f] ranked 11 on the SSA. It dropped out of the top 100 in 1977. I can imagine there were a lot of [name_f]Barbara[/name_f]'s that went by [name_f]Barbie[/name_f] at the peak of the name’s popularity. In fact, I grew up with a girl who was called [name_f]Barbie[/name_f] (whose full name was [name_f]Barbara[/name_f]) and she was born in the mid-1980’s.
Lammily as a name is pretty… lame. Lame is the first connection I have to the name. Surely they could have given her a legitimate name?!?