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Ken is a fashion doll manufactured by Mattel. He was created by Ruth Handler, and she named Ken after her son Kenneth Handler.[1]


Ken Carson is from Willows, Wisconsin.[2] He was born on March 11, 1961. He doesn't have a middle name. Ken has had styles, careers, and friends over the years. Ken met Barbie in 1961 on the set of their first television commercial together. They fell in love and were in a relationship[3] until Barbie broke up with Ken on Valentine's Day in 2004.[4] To impress Barbie, Ken got a makeover from stylist Phillip Bloch in 2006.[5] Barbie and Ken got back together in 2011.[6] Ken's younger brother Tommy was introduced in 1997.[7]


Ken was introduced as Barbie's boyfriend on March 11, 1961, at the American International Toy Fair. He had molded plastic hair.[8] In 1973, he was given rooted hair.[9] In 2009, Barbie and Ken were at New York Fashion Week to celebrate Barbie's 50th anniversary. It was their first appearance together in years.[10]

In 2010, Ken starred in Toy Story 3 and created a Facebook page and Twitter account. In September 2010, he appeared at New York City's Fashion's Night Out.[11]


In 2010, Ken was described as confident, intuitive, considerate, loyal, supportive, compassionate, and a dreamer.[12]