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Pittsburgh man creating normally proportioned doll

PITTSBURGH (AP) A western Pennsylvania artist has designed a Barbie-like doll that is normally proportioned, and his efforts to get the project to market are paying off.

Nickolay Lamm, who majored in marketing before graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011, has named the doll Lammily after his name and family.

Lamm used statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create a three-dimensional computer model of the doll, based on what the government says are the normal proportions of the average 19-year-old female, he told WTAE-TV.

"If there are beautiful women out there with typical proportions, it should be pretty easy to make a doll with typical proportions as well," Lamm said.

Lammily, whose motto is "Average is beautiful," is shorter and has a thicker build than a typical Barbie, with a smaller head and thicker neck, too. Still, Lammily isn't frumpy: She's athletic, and "wears" little makeup.

Lamm hopes to take the prototype he created and have dolls ready for shipping by November. On Wednesday, he launched a web site, www.lammily.com , to raise the $95,000 he says that will cost.

By Friday, Lamm had more than 6,700 financial backers who had contributed $227,585 and counting which is nearly two-and-a-half times his goal.

He's not surprised that the idea is proving to be popular.

"If I can feel inadequate at times, I can't imagine what women have to go through who are subject to much higher beauty standards than us men," Lamm said.

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