When Barbie was introduced in 1959, she was the ideal notion of beauty. But she was single and that wasn’t a good thing back then. So, Barbie was single for two years until the Ken doll came along in 1961. Now, Barbie and Ken fit the social conformity standards of decades ago.
Times have changed. There’s a different way of life now and there are people who actually are upset because there aren’t dolls in the toy stores that reflect real life. You don’t see any overweight dolls. You don’t see dolls with scars. At one time, they were only one color because that color was the only one considered attractive.
The New Direction Of Ken Dolls
Young black girls had to play with white dolls because there wasn’t one on the shelf that reflected who they were. Those were sad days. So, Mattel has decided to change all that.
Now, there are dolls of all shapes and sizes. There are seven skin tones from which to choose. There are different hair colors. You can practically get a doll that looks just like your child because they have different hairstyles and even different clothing options. What’s best is they also come in three different body types.
Ken Used To Be The Man Back In The Day
Ken has a gut now. It was inevitable. Barbie and Ken hooked up and she had little Barbies and Kens. Then, Ken put on some weight because his football years were behind him and he had landed the woman of his dreams. With a few kids running around, what’s the need to keep yourself up when you get to sit and watch football on the television while you kick back a few? Hence, the birth of the Ken doll with the dad bod.
And that’s not all. Ken can have a man bun too. In a statement, Barbie senior vice president and general manager Lisa McKnight said, “By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation. Evolving Ken was a natural evolution for the brand and allows girls to further personalize the role they want him to play in Barbie’s world.”
The Way It Would Really Go
In that case, Ken gets pushed aside while G.I. Joe scoops Barbie off her feet. Barbie takes the kids and leaves Ken with the mortgage. Is it just me or do Barbie and Ken seem to be more for the adults these days?