Today we celebrate Ken. The versatility of Barbie’s on and off again boyfriend has as rich a history. Ken Carson was Introduced to the world by Mattel in 1961 as the suave and dashing companion to Barbie, Ken has since become a symbol of masculinity, style, and aspiration. From his debut on toy store shelves to his presence in movies, TV shows, and even at the Oscars.

Ken’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. Most recently, his character has been brought to life by Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling in Greta Gerwig’s award-winning Barbie movie, where Gosling’s portrayal has sparked fresh interest in the beloved doll. Alongside his cinematic debut, the nominated song “I’m Just Ken” has further solidified Ken’s status as a cultural phenomenon. Here are some factoids about Ken:

  • Ken made his debut in 1961, two years after Barbie, his iconic companion, hit the shelves.
  • Ken was named after Ruth Handler’s (the creator of Barbie) son, Kenneth.
  • Over the years, Ken’s physique has evolved, reflecting changing beauty standards. From his original athletic build to variations like “Slim” and “Broad,” Ken’s body has seen diverse interpretations.
  • Ken has had a wide array of careers, ranging from astronaut to businessman, doctor to lifeguard, reflecting societal shifts and aspirations.
  • His most recent profession: Beach.
  • Ryan Gosling has taken on the role of Ken in Barbie breathing new life into the iconic character.
  • Nominated for its heartfelt portrayal of Ken’s journey, the song “I’m Just Ken” has garnered widespread acclaim, shedding light on the complexities of Ken’s character and his enduring appeal, especially after the show-stopping performance at the 2024 Oscars.

From his dynamic career choices to his ever-changing wardrobe, Ken Carson continues to captivate hearts and minds around the globe. With each new iteration, he not only reflects the ideals of the times but also challenges societal norms, proving that true style knows no bounds. As Ken’s legacy endures, one thing remains certain: he will forever hold a special place in the pantheon of cultural icons, especially with Ryan Gosling’s portrayal on screen and the recognition garnered by “I’m Just Ken” at the Oscars.