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Mattel's New Ken Doll Has Cornrows, Geek Glasses, Even Abs

22 Juin 2017

Ten of the new dolls were for sale on Mattel's website as of Tuesday, with the other five expected to be released in the upcoming months.

The Fashionista line is nonetheless considered a bright spot, named this year's Toy Industry Association "Doll of the Year" and finding success especially in global markets. They have seven skin tones, nine hairstyles - including cornrows and "man buns" - and an array of sartorial styles from business casual to athletic-chic. "You go with your bad self, Kenny".

Many Twitter users seemed fixated on the man bun Ken.

"Mattel's "Next Gen Ken" is 24 years old, has two DUI's and is going back to school next year", mused another wiseacre.

Mattel has unveiled its most diverse line of Ken dolls ever, 15 new Ken dolls featuring new body types and a variety of skin tones and hairstyles, along with 25 additional diverse Barbie dolls.

Twenty-three new dolls were debuted in 2015 as part of Barbie's "Fashionista" line, which included new body types like "curvy".

"We are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation", Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager for Barbie, said in a statement.

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Producer Mattel has labelled the newest roll-out the "most diverse line-up to date".

The evolving Ken is just catching up with Barbie.

These new looks definitely stray far from 1961 Ken, but designers see it as a refreshing new take on the infamous doll.

The new looks are an effort to reboot interest in the dolls.

Ken hasn't changed much since he was first introduced 56 years ago as Barbie's blue-eyed, chiseled boyfriend.

Get a first look at some of the new Ken dolls below. However, the internet is only interested in the 15 "hip" Ken dolls.

Mattel's New Ken Doll Has Cornrows, Geek Glasses, Even Abs