Back in the day, Ken was always a hot commodity whenever my friends and I fought over whose Barbie would be the lucky lady that day. Turns out, Ken might not even be into plastic boobs, anyway. In a four-room set she built in an art gallery for a piece called “In The Dollhouse,” photographer Dina Goldstein captures Barbie and Ken’s failing marriage as Ken tries to sort out his own sexuality in an unseen lifestyle within the Dream House walls. [DinaGoldstein.com]
Photograher Hayden Wood spent a lot of time as a retoucher and graphic artist, which is probably why his photos of models posed as Barbie and Ken are so eerie. His series, Living Dolls, transforms real people into plastic dolls, sans expression, emotion or proper proportions. [Flavorwire]
Barbie is recognizable for many reasons, not the least of which is her long blonde hair and warped 39-18-33 measurements, but photographer Sarah Haney has taken that impenetrable plastic smile and put an entirely different spin on it. The photo series presents the familiar doll in some frankly unfamiliar situations, like being apprehended by the police, stripping for money, and nursing a hangover. The black and white, grainy film-still quality of the images lends a haunting, overcast vibe that doesn’t spare Ken, either: he drinks alone at night, has affairs, and dresses in women’s clothing. It’s fascinating to see the childhood toy depicted in a way that makes her beatific smile seem all too eerie. See a few more after the jump and at the link. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Every time I watch the new “90210,” I have a very distracting thought—Trevor Donovan, who plays Teddy on the show, looks life a walking, talking version of Ken. I mean, give the man some hair gel and he is good to go. So I was highly amused today when I heard that he had met with producers about the possibility of playing everyone’s favorite plastic hunk without junk in a live-action movie. My next reaction was—wait, someone’s making a live-action Barbie movie?
Apparently, the answer is yes. Keep reading »
Thank you, Cupid, for this Valentine’s Day miracle. After breaking up in 2004, Barbie and Ken have decided to get back together. Yesterday, Barbie, who apparently has a Facebook page even though she’s made of sculpted plastic, wrote a status update that read, “Who knows … maybe I’ll have a Valentine this year.” Then this morning, she changed her status to “In a Relationship.” Keep reading »
At last, a man who says everything you want him to say! Meet Mattel’s Sweet Talkin’ Ken doll ($31), who records five seconds of your voice and plays it back in a deep baritone. Barbie and her boy toy split ages ago, but I’m sure they’ll get back together as soon as Barbie realizes she can totally make Sweet Talkin’ Ken her bitch. Repeat after me, Sweet Talkin’ Ken: “You look like you need a foot massage!”; “Don’t worry, I’ll take the garbage out”; “Sure, I’ll go down on you while you watch ‘Real Housewives!” Sigh. If only we could program men in real life this way. [Mattel via Outblush] Keep reading »