But now Nickolay Lamm has come out with a Barbie doll that is shaped like an actual human, as the artist hopes it will set a far better example for young women around the globe.
The former graphic designer created the Lammily doll (aka Normal Barbie) with the dimensions of an average 19-year old woman.
Moreover, as seen below, the toy comes with cellulite, acne and freckle stickers that can be tacked on to represent the quirks or imperfections that most women possess.
“Parents and their kids were emailing and asking where they could buy the ‘Normal Barbie’ — but they didn’t exist,” Lamm says of his inspiration behind the doll.
With that goal in mind, he began a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the product and ended up with $501,000; $406,000 more than his stated $95,000 goal.
Lamm started the project July 2013 and Normal Barbie is now on sale for $24.99 per doll.
The $5.99 stickers extension pack – which also includes scars, scrapes, bruises and moles – will not be available until January.
“I wanted to show that reality is cool,” Lamm tells Time. “And a lot of toys make kids go into fantasy, but why don’t they show real life is cool? It’s not perfect, but it’s really all we have. And that’s awesome.”
Somewhere, Demi Lovato is nodding with pride.