Barbie and Ken are a love story for the ages.
They’ve been together for 54 years, and despite a short split in 2004, they reunited again in 2011 and have remained united ever since.
Over the years we’ve seen them develop and grow as a couple and as well as Barbie having over 130 occupations, she has also had a lot of make overs.
Well now it’s Kens turn.
This week Mattel have launched “The New Crew” – a range of 15 diverse ken dolls that have three different body types and five ethnicities in a bid to offer children a more diverse range of toys.
The male doll now comes in slim and broad and even comes with cornrows, however the new “look” that is causing the most reaction is “Man Bun Ken”
People have been taking to Twitter to share their feelings on the updated doll.
One Tweeter pointed out that Ken’s no up-do was all well and good but it did not make up for his lack on genitalia.
Another wrote: “so barbie’s ken now comes with a ‘man bun’ or ‘corn rows’…..hmm i’ma have to grow a daughter in all this… sigh.”
so barbie's ken now comes with a 'man bun' or 'corn rows'….. hmm, i'ma have to grow a daughter in all this… sigh
— dane… (@danz_dane) June 21, 2017
While others were concerned that this was how Millennials and today’s society would be remembered.
“I for one am thankful for Millennials. Do you think any other generation could achieve a Ken doll with a man bun?”
I for one am thankful for Millennials. Do you think any other generation could achieve a Ken doll with a man bun?
— Sammy Rhodes (@sammyrhodes) June 21, 2017
“Mattel has a new Ken, with a man bun. Is this what this era will be remembered for. We are doomed as a society.”
Mattel has a new Ken, with a man bun.
Is this what this era will be remembered for.
We are doomed as a society.
— ines rojas (@inesitamrojas) June 21, 2017
In 2016 Mattel launched a range of 33 new Barbie dolls that have varying body types, seven skin tones, 22 eye colours and 14 face shapes.
“By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” said Lisa McKnight, Barbie’s Senior Vice President said.
“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.”
While many people are not impressed by the updates to the iconic doll, it is a great way of promoting diversity.
The new line of dolls are available online at Barbie.com now.