Move over Barbie! Ken has a new, diverse look too!
Mattel has rolled out three different body types for Barbie’s famous boyfriend – slim, broad and original. To top that, Ken now comes in seven different skin tones, a choice of eight hair types and nine hair styles – including a man bun.
“Although 10 new Ken dolls ($9.99) arrive in stores today, five more will launch in the months ahead.
The new Ken dolls join Mattel’s Fashionistas line. Last year, Mattel rolled out a diverse Barbie line with four body types, seven skin tones and 24 hairstyles to more broadly represent diversity among Barbie fans.
“We are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” Lisa McKnight, senior VP and general manager for Barbie, said in a statement.
Mattel debuted the Ken doll in 1961. He wore red swim shorts and cork sandals. His look has since evolved over the decades.
In 2004, Ken “broke up” with Barbie. In 2009, he let out his wild side, sporting a fedora and a tribal print shirt. Mattel branded him as “Hottie Ken” during that time. The pair made up in 2011.”
We’re definitely here for the new Ken. It’s about time Mattel finally caught up with the rest of the world! Kudos for diversification!