Last year Mattel revolutionized how the world viewed Barbie when they launched a new line of the iconic doll in an assortment of body types and hairstyles. Now, they’re looking to do the same for Barbie’s best boo, Ken. He’s gotten an equally jaw-dropping makeover and some surprising new style choices.
The new generation of Ken dolls unveiled today features 15 new dolls with three different body types, including a slim and broad doll which has a slightly larger belly and has already faced comparisons to the “dad bod.” The new Kens are also sporting seven skin tones, eight hair colors and nine hairstyles, including the new hipster favorite: a bun. That’s right, Ken is now sporting a plastic molded man bun.
Twenty-five new diverse Barbies will also join the growing collection alongside her newly re-imagined mate. This is just the beginning as Mattel plans to add more diverse dolls with features they haven’t included yet. “We want to do beards,” Robert Best, senior director of Barbie Design told the LA Times. “Facial hair is definitely a thing. There’s going to be changes that we keep pushing, but you have to launch with something. It’s progress, not perfection.”
The full line of new dolls can be seen here.
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