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15 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Ken

Barbie’s favorite accessory has an interesting history of his own.

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6. According to Mattel, Ken first met Barbie on the set of their first television commercial together.

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9. Introduced in 1981, Sunsational Malibu Ken doll was the first African-American Ken.

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He was introduced a year after the first African-American Barbie was released. However, there were African-American Barbies prior to 1980 — they were named Christie and Brad.

10. Released in 1993, Earring Magic Ken became a huge seller among gay men, which was mainly due to the way he was dressed — and the fact that he appeared to be wearing a "cock ring" as a necklace.

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While the doll was a big seller, it was discontinued and remaining dolls were recalled.

It also led to Mattel having to issue this interesting statement:

"We're not in the business of putting cock rings into the hands of little girls."

13. After his breakup with Barbie in 2004, he stalked her on Match.com:

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15. In 2009, Mattel, clearly having not learned its lesson from the Earring Magic Ken debacle, introduced "Sugar Daddy Ken" (for real) from its Palm Beach line.

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Mattel defended the name, saying:

"At the end of the day, this collection is targeted toward adults. While the name of the doll does refer back to the dog, I think people are going to interpret it as they want to interpret it."

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