History

Hi, I’m Ken Carson, better known as Ken. You might know me as arm candy, Prince Charming or the guy-in-waiting, but my friends know the real me: confident, considerate, and of course, handsome!  While Barbie is known for traveling the world and for her glamorous adventures, I’ve been quietly leading a very active Ken-tastic life of my own. Over the past five decades, I’ve tried on many hats– businessman, Olympian, pilot, and most recently, actor. In fact, I even landed a starring role in my first feature film Toy Story 3.  A total blast!

A few other fun tidbits:

LIFE AS A PISCES: I was born on March 11, 1961 so I’m a Pisces. True to form, I’m loyal, supportive, compassionate and a DREAMER. I can also sense when something is askew long before anything is said, making me the ultimate boyfriend for any occasion. I think dolls like that sort of thing!

WHAT'S IN A NAME?: As you know, my name is Ken Carson (I’m named after Ken Handler, son of my creator Ruth Handler). As for a middle name, who needs one?

KEN + BARBIE: Talk about a total doll! Barbie and I met in 1961 on the set of our first television commercial together. It was love at first sight. I was thrust into the limelight, becoming America’s most fashionable “first man” alongside my leading lady. We lasted a long time– more than four decades. Although I tried unsuccessfully to win Barbie back on numerous occasions, it wasn’t until February 14, 2011 my dream finally came true. After a series of grand gestures that included everything from personalized cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery to billboards professing my love, Barbie finally said “yes!”. We are once again a happy couple.

ONE-OF-A-KIND STYLE: Over the years, my fashion choices have reflected the style of the times.  With Barbie’s help of course, I sported some jaw-dropping styles like Mod Hair Ken in the ‘60s, Disco in the ‘70s, Exercise and Rappin’ Rockin’ Ken in the ‘80s, Baywatch and Harley Davidson Ken in the ‘90s and still to this day I am always on trend.  

  • Signature Hair: Staying in tune with the world’s most fashionable doll is no easy task but I manage to “own” something of my own– my hair! My trademark locks have been flocked, molded and dyed nine different colors over the years including auburn, black, blond, brown, brunette, light brown, red, two-tone and yellow (yes, yellow).

KEN-TERTAINMENT: Have I mentioned that I’m an actor? Over the past 50 years, I’ve been a stand-in for some of the most memorable leading men including: James Bond 007 from Die Another Day, Mulder from the X-Files, Gomez from The Addams Family, Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock from Star Trek and Edward from the Twilight saga.  Also, I recently starred as myself in Toy Story 3.  What an experience.  I’ve been told I stole the show!

KEN-TOURAGE: I’m a lucky guy– solid hair, solid abs and most importantly, a solid group of friends! These guys have been there for me through thick and thin over the years– Brad, Curtis and Steven, Todd, Derek, Darren, Alan (who’s been my best and longest friend) and Ryan.

There you have it.  Just like Barbie, my life in plastic is fantastic and all about having fun!


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