According to a recent report from The Washington Times, Lammily, the physically realistic alternative to the classic Barbie doll, is receiving a new accessory pack.
Lammily can already be customized with acne, which makes her just like the 85% of people who will experience acne at some point in their life, as well as cuts, scrapes, and stretch marks. Now Lammily can also come with a “Period Party” accessory pack, equipped to teach young girls about their menstrual cycles.
Nickolay Lamm, designer and creator of the Lammily doll, created the stick-on pads and the tiny doll calendar to help inform girls about one of the biggest parts of being a woman. He commented, “If a doll has pads, how can [menstruation] be taboo? Periods are such an integral part of a woman’s life, just a healthy part of it. It shouldn’t have to be swept under the rug.”
The pamphlet included with the doll adds additional commentary about the state of unrest surrounding periods in our culture.
“On average, a woman between the ages of 12 and 51 spends a total of six years on her menstrual period, yet, while being a huge part of female life, this perfectly healthy, natural process is still surrounded by taboos,” the pamphlet reads. “Let’s start an open and positive conversation about our periods. Learn the facts. Debunk the myths. Celebrate life!”
In another story by the Daily News, Lamm also disclosed that the inspiration for the “Period Party” pack came from his learning that some young girls would “[think that] they were dying during their first period.” He believes that in a culture that celebrates and idolizes women’s bodies, it should be standard that we first know how they work.
The “Period Party” kits are now available on the Lammily website, along with the doll herself, as well as the accessory kit full of realistic add-on features.