File this one under: Guess it was only a matter of time. Mattel, the makers of Barbie, have just revamped her infamous, blonde-haired, studly, boyfriend Ken, and today he’s taking on a whole new look. Actually, he could easily look more like you now. Well, that’s if you’re a hipster, or a dad.
If you’re from Seattle, Los Angeles, or New York City, you may appreciate a few of the Ken “upgrades.” Meet man-bun Ken. Yep, one of the new Ken dolls is sporting a damn man-bun. Make that two of them.
Kenny’s new ‘do and millennial style is all part of an attempt to introduce “the most diverse Ken lineup to date.” Following its push to introduce more diverse Barbie dolls, Mattel has introduced 15 new Ken dolls with three distinct body types (slim, broad and original), seven skin tones, eight hair colors and nine hairstyles. Most of the versions look like they’re going to a Bernie Sanders rally or hitting up Starbucks. Hell, we bet they even come with loads of student debt, too.
“By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” Lisa McKnight, Barbie Senior Vice President and General Manager said in a statement.
“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.”
Well, damn. No one should be offended now? Maybe except for those dudes rocking the dad bod in real life. Wait, we mean “broad body type.” If you fall into that category, don’t forget to inform your children that it’s not healthy for you to look the way you do… so says science. But we’re pretty sure the man-bun is pretty bad for you, too. They allegedly cause baldness. Just sayin’.