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Not Your Grandad’s Ken Doll: Mattel Releases New Diverse Options

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Fifty years after Mattel introduced the original Ken doll  and a year after launching a makeover of the Barbie, the toy manufacturer introduced its new line of  “diverse” Ken dolls that come in three new body types and a variety of skin colors and hairstyles.

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The new dolls are an expansion of the ‘Fashionistas’ line  and included 15 new Ken dolls, featuring three body types ― “slim,” “broad” and “original” ― as well as seven skin tones, eight hair colors and nine hair styles (like the man bun, cornrows and more).

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Mattel revealed the new dolls today.

“By continuing to expand our product line, we are redefining what a Barbie or Ken doll looks like to this generation,” senior vice president and general manager for Barbie, Lisa McKnight, stated 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.”

The original Ken doll was introduced in 1961 and over the past half-century has become a staple for Barbie-loving girls and boys

h/t Huffpo