Hot stuff: The dad bod and man bun Ken dolls have landed!
We take a look at the evolution of Barbie's man over the years
When it comes to style transformations, Ken has come a long way from the skinny buzz-cutted dude in red terry towelling trunks and cork slides of 1961. Since making his debut, we've seen him appear with stick-on sideburns and 70s moustaches, with slicked (read: plastic) hair and a cummerbund, as a man in uniform, flex his plastic abs in multiple swimsuits, rock a 2000s fedora and, arguably the hottest Ken, as a design-your-own facial hair "Shaving Fun Ken". Also, let's not forget when Barbie dumped his ass in 2004, after 43 years together for Aussie surfer Blaine, before reuniting on the set of Toy Story 3 seven years later, Ken in his Tiki disco best...
Well, if hard-cut male dolls with unrealistic #bodygoals aren't your thang, rejoice, as the man has had yet another makeover, or rather, 15 new makeovers. The Ken of 2017 will now appear with three more realistic body types: broad, slim and fit, a huge wardrobe, diverse skin colours, different heights and hair types - including a quiff, corn rows and a man bun.
Dropping in September, the Ken dolls are part of the Barbie Fashionistas "The New Crew" and joins an additional 24 diverse Barbie dolls (of which there are already 100+ looks) aimed at diversity, inclusivity and evolution of beauty ideals for both boys and girls. For those who don't remember, last year, Barbie had a makeover that saw her as curvy, tall, petite, slim, and athletic, and rock a rainbow of skin colours, eye colours and hair types. This year's Ken complements the new era of Barbie.
"By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation," Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Barbie said in a statement. "Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls and boys to further personalise the role they want him to play in Barbie's world." Even if that means the Fuccboi Man Bun Barista Ken of Barbie's Tinder nightmares!
Click the gallery to see Ken's evolution and see the full range of Barbie Fashionistas here
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