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Ken is a fashion doll introduced by Mattel in as the fictional counterpart of Barbie, who "Barbie and Ken: History." Olsen, Eric. Blog Critics Magazine, 15 February 15 February "How do Barbie and Ken Measure Up?" Berg- Cross, Linda. Ken and Barbie - Mattel's celebrity couple who shocked the world with their Ken and Barbie's Facebook status now says "in a relationship.". Since their introduction as a couple, Barbie and Ken have been known to have on-and-off relationship. The loves story of the two plastic dolls started when.
Like other celebrity couples, their Hollywood romance has come to an end", though Arons indicated that the duo would "remain friends". He also hinted that the separation might be partially due to Ken's reluctance to getting married.
In Januarythe media reported on the publication of a book entitled Toy Monster: In the book, Oppenheimer claims that Ken Handler "grew up embarrassed and humiliated by having an anatomically incorrect boy doll named after him with no hint of genitalia. The said line officially debuted in the spring of The line proved to be controversial, because of Ken's suggestive-sounding name. The doll had a more mature appearance and came with a West Highland Terrier puppy.
Mattel defended the doll's name, saying that the puppy's name is "Sugar", thus making Ken "Sugar's Daddy". Ken was one of the henchmen of the film's villain Lotso Ned Beatty. InMattel introduced Japan Ken, the first Ken doll to be included in the Dolls of the World collection, which was formerly a Barbie-only line.
The Japan Ken doll features a new face sculpt. Life in the Dreamhouse web series, Ken's personality was greatly expounded on. Most notably, his love for inventing.
Upon her return to the United States, Handler redesigned the doll with help from engineer Jack Ryan and the doll was given a new name, Barbie, after Handler's daughter Barbara.
The first Barbie doll wore a black and white zebra striped swimsuit and signature topknot ponytailand was available as either a blonde or brunette.
The doll was marketed as a "Teen-age Fashion Model," with her clothes created by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson. The first Barbie dolls were manufactured in Japan, with their clothes hand-stitched by Japanese homeworkers. AroundBarbie dolls were sold during the first year of production. Louis Marx and Company sued Mattel in March The company additionally claimed that Mattel "falsely and misleadingly represented itself as having originated the design".
Mattel counter-claimed and the case was settled out of court in Barbie's appearance has been changed many times, most notably in when the doll's eyes were adjusted to look forwards rather than having the demure sideways glance of the original model. Barbie was one of the first toys to have a marketing strategy based extensively on television advertising, which has been copied widely by other toys.
It is estimated that over a billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide in over countries, with Mattel claiming that three Barbie dolls are sold every second.
Media franchise Further information: Barbie film series Barbie products include not only the range of dolls with their clothes and accessories, but also a large range of Barbie branded goods such as books, apparel, cosmetics, and video games. Barbie has had a media franchise starting inwhen she began appearing in a series of animated films. Barbie's direct-to-DVD animated films have sold more than 27 million units worldwide, as of Out of This World and Barbie and the Sensations: Legacy and influence Barbie has become a cultural icon and has been given honors that are rare in the toy world.
The exhibit featured Barbie dolls over two floors as well as works by contemporary artists and documents newspapers, photos, video that contextualize Barbie.
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From her early days as a teenage fashion model, Barbie has appeared as an astronaut, surgeon, Olympic athlete, downhill skier, aerobics instructor, TV news reporter, vet, rock star, doctor, army officer, air force pilot, summit diplomat, rap musician, presidential candidate party undefinedbaseball player, scuba diver, lifeguard, fire-fighter, engineer, dentist, and many more When Barbie first burst into the toy shops, just as the s were breaking, the doll market consisted mostly of babies, designed for girls to cradle, rock and feed.
By creating a doll with adult features, Mattel enabled girls to become anything they want.
In a series of novels published by Random House in the s, her parents' names are given as George and Margaret Roberts from the fictional town of WillowsWisconsin. A news release from Mattel in February announced that Barbie and Ken had decided to split up,  but in Februarythey were hoping to rekindle their relationship after Ken had a makeover. She has owned a wide range of vehicles, including pink Corvette convertiblestrailers, and Jeeps.
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She also holds a pilot 's license, and operates commercial airliners in addition to serving as a flight attendant. Barbie's careers are designed to show that women can take on a variety of roles in life, and the doll has been sold with a wide range of titles including Miss Astronaut BarbieDoctor Barbieand Nascar Barbie Barbie's siblings and cousins were also created including SkipperTodd and Stacie twin brother and sisterKellyKrissyand Francie.
Barbie was friendly with Blainean Australian surfer, during her split with Ken in For the Nicki Minaj song, see Black Barbies song. Body Image From the start, some have complained that "the blonde, plastic doll conveyed an unrealistic body image to girls.
One of the most common criticisms of Barbie is that she promotes an unrealistic idea of body image for a young woman, leading to a risk that girls who attempt to emulate her will become anorexic. According to research by the University Central Hospital in Helsinki, Finland, she would lack the 17 to 22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate.
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Oreo Fun Barbie from became controversial after a negative interpretation of the doll's name. Diversity Complaints also point to a lack of diversity in the line. Starting init produced Hispanic dolls, and later came models from across the globe.
For example, init introduced "Cinco de Mayo Barbie" wearing a ruffled red, white, and green dress echoing the Mexican flag.
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Hispanic magazine reports that: She also has had close Hispanic friends, such as Teresa. However, she was produced using the existing head molds for the white Francie doll and lacked African characteristics other than a dark skin. The first African American doll in the Barbie range is usually regarded as Christie, who made her debut in InMattel created a focus group with African American children and parents, early childhood specialists, and clinical psychologist, Darlene Powell Hudson.
Instead of using the same molds for the Caucasian Barbies, new ones were created. In addition, facial features, skin tones, hair texture, and names were all altered.
The body shapes looked different, but the proportions were the same to ensure clothing and accessories were interchangeable.