Photographer Re-Imagines Ken And Barbie


Dina Goldstein is a photographer known best for her 2009 project, Fallen Princesses where she re-created your favorite Disney princess and placed them in semi-depressing contemporary settings. Dina’s just released the images to her latest project, In The Dollhouse, and they are utterly fantastic– a real sight to see. Check out her re-imagining of Ken and Barbie inside.

‘In the doll house’ examines the less than perfect life of B and K. B is a super doll, the most successful doll in the world. Her partner K is grappling with his sexuality and finds himself in a loveless marriage. He struggles with his position in the household and faces his lack of authenticity.

Dina Goldstein

So here are the photographs to In The Dollhouse. Let me just say that I love these– I think they are so visually striking and fun. If I were writing some sort of feminist critique I would point out that this concept has been done before– in fact, over and over we see and hear the ‘bored housewife’ story and oh yeah, her perfect husband is really gay! Oh my!

BUT I’m not writing a feminist critique and as far as fun goes, these pictures are pretty fun(ny). Peep the gallery for a behind-the-scenes look; you will be shocked to see that Barbie and Ken started off as real people, lol. I’ve also included photos from her 2009 project as well. I’m seriously looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Dina’s work in the comments!

In The Dollhouse

  • Photo shoots like these freak me out. However, I really shouldn’t be affected, especially since I used to love biting my Barbie/Ken dolls heads off when I was a kid. I always blamed my brother, too.

  • Iris, I hear you! They definitely have a creepy affect to them. Now my brother really did used to bite off my barbies’s feet. He HATED barbie doll feet. Go fig.

  • Shannon

    I love the Ariel one. I imagine that’s where she ended up when prince Eric dumped her

    • Lol, my fave is the one with Barb on the toilet. She looks so wrecked, it’s adorable. Thanks for commenting Shannon!

  • David

    it seems a little tired to have a series assuming Ken is gay. These are toys, and it seems a bit trite and stereotypical to assume that a male that a toy that is attractive and well dressed is gay (as opposed to the male toys that are soldiers, sci-fi warriors, or super heroes).

    • David, I thought just about the same. Even Toy Story has taken up this issue, lol. She’s a talented photographer and I’m impressed, but it’d be nice to see her come up with something a little less cliche. Thanks for commenting.

  • Ben@pr

    So far, I’ve liked your articles about photography including the Transgendered youth one. I’m not much into paintings but I really like photography as an art expression. I like the twist the photographer gave to these picture perfect characters like the Princesses and Barbie and Ken.

    • Ben@pr, so glad you’re enjoying these! I’ll keep that in mind when I’m on the prowl for more topics.

  • Amarie

    Love! They look like dolls! Right down to her legs. And I love the Ariel pic too. Keep these coming :)

  • Amarie

    Oh and I have that blow dryer lol.

    • LMAO! No matter what the message is with these photos– I still wanna bust out my old Barbie RV. Glad you’re enjoying these Amarie.

  • Rus

    Great one Shannon. Love the post :-)

    • Rus, so glad you enjoyed! Sorry, I’m just seeing some of these comments!

  • rOXy

    There is seriously something wrong with me. I need therapy STAT. My house is decorated very much like Barbie’s in these pictures. :( I couldn’t see the “message” because I was drooling too much over the set. LOVED THIS POST so much it’s bookmarked.

  • PixiesBassline

    These are awesome! And even though I’m totally not into having my home decorated with the color pink (sorry!), I really like how they had the set decorated. I’d love to stay in a hotel decorated by them.

    • PixiesBassline, yes to the hotel!