The New Ken Dolls Are Now Rocking Cornrows And Man Buns

Mattel Barbie x Ken

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We saw this coming. When Barbie’s upgrade and new crop of hairstyles, skin tones and body types debuted last year, we were wondering if Ken was going to get some makeover love, too. Well, that time has come. Mattel has unveiled its newest “crew” members and Ken is sporting his own set of trending looks. 

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The updated Fashionistas line has15 new Ken dolls with seven skin tones and nine hairstyles, including cornrows and “man buns” (Sadly, the hair is still plastic). The line, which won Toy of the Year award in the “Doll of the Year” category, also gave Ken a wardrobe upgrade. Ken is now sporting business casual, hipster and athletic looks to fit three body types: slim, broad and original. 


Mattel Barbie x Ken

Photo Credit: Mattel

“We are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” said Lisa McKnight, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Barbie in a press 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.”

In addition to the new Kens, the brand added 25 new Barbies, now offering up more than 100 looks. Now, we just want to know if Ken will ever get a beard.

Click through to check selections from the full line-up. The dolls are available in stores and online now for $9.99 each.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

Stephenetta (isis) Harmon serves as digital media director for Hype Hair and founder/Black beauty directory for Sadiaa Black Beauty guide, the premier directory Black-owned beauty brands.