People ask for a 'dadbod Ken' in the wake of curvy Barbie

People are asking for a 'dadbod Ken'
People are asking for a 'dadbod Ken' Photo: Left: Mattel, Right: Will McFadden/Twitter

The new 'curvy Barbie' has been internationally lauded after her recent debut.

She still walks on tip-toes, but the thigh gap has officially gone.

Barbie is to receive a dramatic makeover in 2016, toy company Mattel has revealed, as a new range includes three optional body shapes – petite, tall and curvy – as well as seven different skin tones and 24 hair styles.

Marking a radical change from the blonde, blue-eyed appearance and implausible proportions of previous models, the updated dolls are intended to better reflect the diversity of the product's audience and appeal to the shifting expectations of what Mattel called "millennial moms"

Some have argued that in the wake of this, all toys should perhaps be made more realistic.

Now, people are asking for a 'dadbod Ken'.

Ken, Barbie's boyfriend, has washboard abs and perfectly toned thighs.

Much like Barbie, his body type is rather unrealistic.

This has lead people to ask Mattel to make his body curvier.

'Dadbod' is a buzzword for a special kind of man - one who doesn't spend all day at the gym and isn't afraid to be a bit cuddly.

"The dad bod says, 'I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time,'" says Mackenzie Pearson, a sophomore who is credited with starting the dadbod revolution in a piece for The Odyssey.

"While we all love a sculpted guy, there is just something about the dad bod that makes boys seem more human, natural, and attractive".

Men who fall under the dadbod label include Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Will Smith and Chris Pratt.

Perhaps men face impossible body standards too.

If that's the case, then perhaps it is time for the more realistic 'dadbod Ken'.

The Telegraph, London