Ken is popping 60, two years after his greatest pal Barbie did.
Mattel launched a copy of the unique Ken doll on Thursday to commemorate his 1961 debut. That slender doll with blond felt hair wears a crimson bathing go well with and comes with crimson sandals and a yellow towel. Over time, Ken’s physique sort, hair textures and style selections have turn into extra numerous.
The corporate mentioned it’s working with a number of style designers to have fun Ken’s birthday and showcase him as an influencer. The designs can be viewable on Instagram with the deal with @BarbieStyle.
“Ken, very similar to Barbie, has at all times been a reflector of the occasions that he lives in,” mentioned Robert Finest, Barbie senior director of design at Mattel. The unique, clean-cut ’60s model of Ken grew to become a lot groovier over that first decade.
“I’d say Ken is an efficient pal and a greatest pal, a supportive greatest pal to the Barbie doll,” Finest mentioned.
The unique Barbie, launched in 1959, additionally got here in a washing go well with, a minimalist technique to encourage customers to purchase outfits and equipment.
“That was actually what the play sample was, that you just purchased a single doll and then you definitely would add the completely different fashions to play out the completely different careers and roles the dolls would play,” Finest mentioned.
Finest mentioned Mattel bought 76 million dolls final 12 months, numbers that “present that Ken is a vital a part of that world and contributes to Barbie’s success.”
Barbie and Ken had been named after the kids of Mattel founders Elliot and Ruth Handler.
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