a changed man
On Tuesday, Barbie's counterpart Ken debuted 15 new looks. The Mattel doll is now available in three body shapes — "slim," "broad," and "original" — and in seven different skin tones. He sports an array of hairstyles, including cornrows and the unfortunately trendy man bun, and he now wears skinny ties, tank tops, and cactus-patterned tees.
"By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation," Barbie senior vice president and general manager Lisa McKnight said in a press release. "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." Ken's evolution follows Barbie's: Last year, Mattel debuted three new Barbie body shapes.
Ten of the new Ken doll looks are immediately available for purchase. The others will arrive in stores in the coming months.