Arguably, they are the most famous couple in the world. Their break up in 2004 and eventual reconciliation made international news; even CNN reported it. In the tradition of Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Heloise and Abelard, Cathy and Heathcliff, Brangelina, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Ken and Barbie have inspired collector and pop culture enthusiasts for over fifty years. Their exploits and escapades have captivated us, too, and we thrill at their new looks and makeovers.
It was hard not to confuse him with G.I. Joe, and rumors surrounded Barbie, Ken, and Joe. In fact, Ken came first, and there is a close facial resemblance between Ken and Joe. Later figures like the Soldiers of the World Series also closely resemble Ken, so he has had an influence on male dolls everywhere.
Ken has four new looks with varying hairstyles, eye color, skin tones and body types. Doll 9 Plaid on Point Ken has a slim build and wears a plaid shirt with slim black jeans and brown boots. He is an African American doll with an open-mouthed smile. Doll 10 Classic Cool Ken is portrayed as an African American and wears dark jeans, silvery high tops, and a white shirt with skinny black tie. He has the body type of the original Ken dolls. Doll 11 Hyped on Stripes Ken. His molded hair appears tousled, and he wears jeans, white high tops, a striped tank top and sun glasses. Doll 13 Distressed Denim Ken has a broad build and his molded hair is styled in a “man bun.” He wears a camp shirt and denim walking shorts with white sneakers. These new dolls are diverse in everyway imaginable; their debut shows that with the older dolls, there is a Ken for every type of Barbie, and the possibilities for more Barbie and Ken fashion adventures are endless.
These new dolls are diverse in every way imaginable; their debut shows that with the older dolls, there is a Ken for every type of Barbie, and the possibilities for more Barbie and Ken fashion adventures are endless.
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