Barbie has a companion named Ken, introduced in 1961. Ken is often portrayed as Barbie’s boyfriend or friend. Like Barbie, Ken has undergone changes in appearance and style over the years.
Diversity and Inclusion:
In recent years, Mattel has taken steps to diversify the Barbie line to better represent a range of ethnicities, body types, and abilities. The Fashionista line, for example, includes dolls with different skin tones, body shapes, and styles.
Barbie has become a symbol not just of the toy industry but also of cultural influence. She has been featured in movies, TV shows, and various forms of media. The Barbie brand extends beyond dolls to include merchandise, books, and other products.