This doll is revolutionary. Why?
In my book, BE Love: Daily Intentions Guiding You to Self Love, I discuss the value and importance of Honoring Your Body. In reference to how we as women see our bodies, "too often, young girls become women who believe their beauty is identified through the perfection of anther woman in a magazine or on a TV screen. When women become ashamed of stretch marks, varicose veins, moles or any other natural impression, it's as if they are denying their life's journey. p. (14)
I was beyond ecstatic to come across an article in TIME today, discussing the release of this "New Normal Barbie" whose name is Lammily. She is created with the intention to show "what the Barbie would look like if she actually had the measurements of an average 19-year-old woman’s body (based on CDC data). And brown hair. (She also comes with a sticker extension pack, complete with cellulite, freckles and acne, but we’ll get to that later.)."
There is even an amazing video that shows young students' reactions to the doll.
I've read reactions on the doll and it's amazing how many millennials think its "stupid."
Awareness will change your world. People who are confident and conscious seem to forget what it was like to not be that way and question who they were. Or on the flip side, maybe they have no idea what its like to not be the most confident. Feelings of awkwardness and damaging body acceptance does not stop at 17. It continues way in to adulthood and can even become more damaging.
Women have to deal with images like the recent Kim Kardashian magazine cover. Ideas of perfection. Perfect hair; if its curly you want it straight and vice versa. The right touch of makeup. The most figure flattering outfits. Eyebrows. Nails. Waxing. Etc,etc.etc. Have a fit and toned body. Don't get too muscular because that's not feminine. Thick and big booties are in, squat or inject. Big is beautiful. Everything in between.
For someone, who is not grounded in their BEing, all these images and standards can be very overwhelming. The foundation of who you are begins at childhood. No matter how you choose to veer or transform, your childhood experiences shape who you are. This doll might not completely change how girls who become women view themselves, but I guarantee, it will make a difference.
The reality is, you are BEautiful. At minimum, make sure you are eating well and are physically active 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes, after that embrace nature, and let yourself BE! One step beyond yourself, make sure you take time to affirm a young girl, in your family or even the daughter of someone you know. Affirm her beyond what she looks like. Affirm her strength, character, intelligence, creativity, compassion, etc.
By: Tiffany Wright