Ken Looks Back at 53 Years of Barbie
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What a Doll1 of 14
Don't call this guy arm candy. Ken Carson, who turns 53 this month, has evolved a lot since becoming Barbie's beau in 1961. Find out what he has to say (as channeled/imagined by us) about some of his most memorable looks, and his relationship with the blond beauty.
Making a Splash2 of 14
"This was in 1961, when I was born. (And by born, I mean when I met Barbs, which is really when my life began.) Gosh, I was so skinny then. And those sandals! I think I must have borrowed them from Barbie. Or Skipper."
Campus Crush3 of 14
"Ah, my preppy, collegiate phase. That was a different time. Very innocent. You could get a milkshake and a burger for 50 cents."
Lookin' Good4 of 14
"The boy becomes a man. This was around 1970, a real turning point for me. I'd beefed up (no complaints from Barbie there), and my face became more chiseled. I felt like I was coming into my own."
Leisure Time5 of 14
"I had really good hair back then. I even had sideburns and a moustache, but Barbie preferred the clean-shaven look, so you know. I think that suit is from '72. At the time, it was very groovy."
Stayin' Alive6 of 14
"NEXT! No, seriously, this jumpsuit was very Studio 54. It was my 'Super Star' look. Barbie wore a lot of lamé; I wore a lot of velour. What can I say? It was the '70s."
Surf's Up7 of 14
"Who wears short shorts? This guy. I sure was tan, though. Barbie and I both probably spent way too much time in the sun in those Malibu days. We didn't know better."
On a Roll8 of 14
"In the '70s and '80s, Barbie was very big on matching outfits and I went along with it to keep her happy. I'm just that kind of guy."
Working It9 of 14
"By the mid-'80s, we were both very focused on work. Barbie became a career woman, which I completely supported. She's a real go-getter."
Totally '90s10 of 14
"I'm not sure what look I was going for here. Sort of MC Hammer meets Saved by the Bell."
Biker Babes11 of 14
"So much for being clean-shaven! I guess you could say that Barbie and I were going through our rebellious phase in the late '90s. I think the look worked for Barbie, but for me? Not so much."
Sun Set12 of 14
"This one's hard to look at. The shirt says fun, but it couldn't be further from the truth. Barbie and I split in 2004 and it was just a real dark period in my life. I did start wearing sunscreen, so that was good."
Movie Magic13 of 14
"Barbie and I were actually still broken up when we were shooting Toy Story 3 in 2010. Working together really helped us reconnect. But I gotta say, it wasn't easy seeing her in that spandex outfit, day in, day out."
Happily Ever After14 of 14
"By 2011, I was ready to do anything to get my girl back. Naturally, I waited until Valentine's Day and pulled out all the stops, wearing a tux, giving her pink roses. Did it work? H-E-double hockey sticks, yeah, it did!"