When the Barbie toy doll first came out in 1959, feminists and health experts said the doll “conveyed an unrealistic body image to girls,” and worried that the doll’s 5’9” and 110 pound frame would lead young girls to become anorexic. Well, perhaps someone should’ve said the same thing about Barbie’s boyfriend Ken because we know of at least two guys buying expensive cosmetic surgery just to resemble a human Ken doll.
Jonny Dylan, a 27-year-old man who calls himself a “Canadian Ken doll,” reportedly spends $800 a month to resemble Malibu Ken, a doll that inspired him as a child with its “blonde highlights, blue eyes … dark eyelashes … tan [and] good bone structure.”
“When I first saw the Ken doll,” Dylan said, “I knew that that was what perfection meant to me. I knew that I was going to pursue that.”
Dylan has gotten “filler” to help enlarge his lips, and he reportedly wants more, despite his doctor’s precaution to stop. He has also had Botox injections, uses eye-color changing contact lenses, make-up, regular nail manicures and an artificial tan to give him that Malibu Ken look. He also wants to get a nose job.
You might’ve also heard of “Human Ken Doll” Rodrigo Alves, a 34-year-old Brazilian man who has had 10 nose jobs, a butt lift, silicone chest implants, abdominal implants for eight pack abs, hair implants and ribs removed to more closely resemble his physical ideal.
Thus far, Alves has had over 60 plastic surgeries and 103 cosmetic procedures costing at least $710,250 total. He’s also appeared in around 56 TV shows and public speaking gigs to help educate others about plastic surgery and remove the taboo surrounding it.
Alves is reportedly asexual and wants to transition into female so that he can resemble Barbie more moreso than Ken.
A 2007 review of past studies in the journal Psychiatry found that seven to 15% of people who had undergone cosmetic surgery also had aspects of body dysmorphic disorder, a psychological disorder in which a person becomes obsessed with imaginary defects in their appearance.