Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken, has undergone a serious transformation. And it’s about time.
Following final yr’s Fashionistas makeover for Barbie — which added pores and skin tone choices and a wide range of physique shapes like tall, petite and curvy — this week Mattel revealed an analogous replace for Ken dolls. The recent lineup brings us 15 new seems, together with broad, slim and unique, in addition to seven new pores and skin tones and 9 new hairstyles.
Yep. Ken can now rock a “dad bod,” hipster glasses, cactus-print shirts, a man bun and extra. Examine him out.
“By persevering with to increase our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll seems prefer to this era,” mentioned Lisa McKnight, senior vice chairman and basic supervisor for Barbie, in a information launch. “Evolving Ken was a pure evolution for the model and permits women to additional personalize the function they need him to play in Barbie’s world.”
So what do I consider Mattel’s expanded Fashionistas line? It’s refreshing that children now have the chance to play with such a various choice of Barbie and Ken dolls. I used to be a Barbie fanatic again within the day, and I do know I’d have adored all of those choices. (Though to be trustworthy, for me, Ken dolls have been primarily good for de-pantsing and guffawing on the define of his manhood.) Two thumbs as much as Mattel for serving to promote physique positivity.
Nevertheless, there are nonetheless a couple of concepts I’d prefer to see develop into a actuality. Like …
- Breastfeeding Barbie. Significantly. I need baggage beneath her eyes, leaky boobs, a child that latches, a breast pump, lanolin, a nursing pillow. The works. Which brings me to …
- Lactation Guide Barbie. Barbie will most likely want a bit serving to getting began on her breastfeeding journey, in any case. Simply add that to Barbie’s celebrity resume.
- Pregnant Barbie. I need to see Barbie attempt to stroll in heels with a third-trimester child bump and swollen ankles. She ought to include a jar of pickles, a gallon of ice cream, a bucket of antacid and stretch marks. Additionally, I anticipate Pregnant Barbie to have the flexibility to moist herself upon sneezing, puke on the scent of pungent meals and to leak amniotic fluid when her water breaks. Which additionally brings me to …
- Midwive/OB-gyn Barbie. Effectively, somebody has to assist Barbie ship her child. We will’t anticipate man-bun Ken to be cool with birthing fluids splattered on his cactus-print shirt.
Significantly, although. I’m loving these fierce Fashionistas!
Photos by Mattel