Barbie’s friend.

How does making a 12-inch doll a more realistic representation of the adults around them help children develop their imaginations?

Barbie a doll. She’s make-believe. She’s not supposed to represent reality.

The New York Daily News published this article about what Barbie would be like as a real woman. “Although she’s long been considered the universal ideal for a woman’s figure,” the article says, “an analysis of her doll-size shape in proportion to a fully grown woman shows Barbie is anatomically impossible and would be reduced to walking on all fours and incapable of lifting anything.”

So, Mattel responds by giving the world new versions of Ken—with a man bun.

Now, children don’t have to pretend that Ken represents an adult male figure in their life. They have a Ken doll lineup that feature 15 versions with three body types—including “slim,” “broad,” and “original.”

What happens to creativity when you remove the need to imagine?

So sayeth the StickMonkey.

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