LONDON UK, March 11th 2021 –TV star and presenter Sam Thompson has cheekily marked Ken’s 60th anniversary with an exclusive photoshoot that celebrates Ken’s iconic style and fashions from the past 60 years.
Never far from Barbie’s side, Ken has been boyfriend, best friend and sidekick to Barbie, the worlds #1 toy* for sixty years. On this milestone anniversary, Ken steps into the spotlight solo with Sam Thompson paying homage to his most iconic looks over the past 60 years.
With his trademark panache, Ken first appeared in an advert with Barbie on March 11, 1961 and has continued to make bold fashion statements ever since.
And who better to step into Ken’s shoes than Sam Thompson, starting with Ken’s debut 1961 look ‘Original Ken’ a beach look of red shorts, stripy shirt and yellow towel – perfectly re-created by Sam in these fun new images.
Sam Thompson said “My love for dress up is well documented but dressing up as Ken may be my greatest look yet. I can honestly say this is how I’ve never been seen before… but I might have to steal some of Ken’s trends secrets. Thank you, Ken, for showing me how to rock flares and a wig. My favourite was the 1991 Totally Hair Ken – those wide, purple trousers were liberating!”
Sam travelled back to the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s for Ken’s most iconic looks, bringing to life fun retro fashion trends; see Sam modelling corduroy flares and a shaggy brown wig to perfectly re-create 1972 Mod Hair Ken’s look in a Seventies living room set, before experimenting with gelled bouffant hair and oversized trousers for his 1991 Totally Hair Ken look. A video captures the magic of Sam’s Ken transformations throughout the years, with vintage props completing the looks.
Ken has had multiple makeovers over the years including by celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch, designers Gareth Pugh, Ambush, as well as inspired a Martine Rose capsule collection.
Iconic Ken looks modelled by Sam Thompson include:
• 1962 Original Ken – Cool! Beach look with wet, slick hair, red shorts and yellow towel
• 1972 Mod Hair Ken – Smooth! Stylish brown blazer, white polo neck a groovy pair of brown flared cords, and a brown wig completes the look.
• 1978 Superstar Ken – Disco baby! A Navy velvet jumpsuit and disco ball see Ken ready for the dancefloor!
• 1984 Dinner Date Ken – So romantic! Stylish Tuxedo, pink cummerbund and corsage
• 1991 Totally Hair Ken – Big and bold! Wild colours, glorious loud shirt, and baggy purple trousers
Today Ken is more diverse than ever, with 3 different body types, 9 skin tones, 10 eye colours and a variety of skin tones and looks. New for 2021 include a doll with rooted afro texture hair, and the first ever Ken in a wheelchair.