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Ken gets makeover: Cornrows, beefy bod and new skin tones

20 Juin 2017

The nation's largest toymaker Mattel announced on Tuesday that they will be producing new versions of Ken - Barbie's lifelong companion - and these new Kens will have a slightly different look.

It's your lucky day, Barbie - a whole new crop of Ken dolls are now on the market.

Mattel is introducing 15 new looks for the male doll, giving him different skin tones, body shapes and hair styles.

Toy company Mattel released a new line of diverse Ken Dolls including one with a trendy "man bun" hairstyle. The new models come in two different body types dubbed "slim" and "broad".

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On top of that, the dolls are sporting six new hairstyles, including a man-bun and cornrows.

The aforementioned fashions include items you might see on any hipster in your local dive bar these days: skinny ties, plaid shirts, jolts, and thick black glasses.

It's certainly not the first time the 56-year-old boyfriend of Barbie has switched up his look. The makeover is part of the toy company's plan to make its dolls more diverse and try to appeal to today's kids, many of whom would rather pick up an iPad than a doll. Although the 60-years-in-the-making makeover was criticized by some for teaching young girls to categorize their bodies according to oversimplified labels such as tall, petite, and curvy, the new Barbies were overall well received and applauded for finally mirroring the real world.

Ken gets makeover: Cornrows, beefy bod and new skin tones