Barbie’s long time beau, Ken, celebrated his 50th birthday earlier this month and I must say, he hasn’t aged a bit!
First introduced in 1961, the Ken doll was swimsuit clad and toting a beach blanket. Fast forward 50 years, and the guy looks more like a Backstreet Boy.
His makeover, in honor of his birthday, was inspired by teen heartthrobs Zac Efron and Justin Beiber. Matel also added some muscle to his build and clothed him in a t-shirt that reads “ultimate boyfriend”. The new Ken is also equipped to record 5 seconds of sound and play it back – in three different pitches!
Here is Ken through the years…enjoy!