The dark side of Barbie and Ken's marriage: Artist's extraordinary photos tell tale of dolls' miserable relationship
21:34 GMT, 14 June 2012
Their lives are filled with dream homes, flashy convertibles and ever-stylish wardrobes but Barbie and Ken's lives may be less than perfect.
A new photo series titled In The Dollhouse, created by Vancouver-based photographer Dina Goldstein, depicts the world's most famous doll living a miserable life with her partner Ken.
In the ten-part series, a model posing as Barbie walks into her bedroom where she finds a model posing as Ken, cheating on her.
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Enthralling: Photos featuring Barbie (right) like we've never seen her before have been created. In the series, a model depicts Ken (left) as a homosexual who is cheating on Barbie, who is also played by a model
Of course, Barbie grows suspicious of Ken's sexuality right from the first frame in the series, which was shot inside four rooms of an art gallery in December 2011.
The story introduces us to the couple as they sit in bed, both reading magazines.
While Barbie has selected an issue of Cosmopolitan, Ken, is shown reading Oprah Winfrey's O, his face crumpled up as if he is growing emotional over one of the title's articles.
Barbie sneaks a sideways glance at her partner but it seems that life goes on.
Mirror hog: Barbie quickly grows suspicious of Ken's feminine side. He is shown above blow-drying his hair
Frustration: Barbie then seems to grow tired of her partner's ways. Ken is shown wearing pink heels during tea
The second photograph reveals that Barbie's suspicions are growing.
She watches as Ken hogs the bathroom mirror, blow-drying his hair without the slightest care that his blonde bombshell of a partner is standing beside him, dressed in a mere towel.
The next photo, and arguably one of the humorous in the series, shows Ken wearing pink high heels to tea with Barbie.
The look on her face says it all.
Dreams: In one of the series' most telling photos, Ken (left) is shown dreaming of a shirtless man saving his life
Ken's true desires are revealed in the following image, which shows the metro sexual dreaming of a shirtless soldier saving his life, carrying him in his arms as if he were being removed from a battle field.
He hugs a pink fluffy pillow in his arms as he sleeps, a smile upon his face.
The behaviour continues in the next
photo, which shows just how much has changed between the couple who now
seem more like friends than lovers.
Barbie sits on the toilet as Ken shaves his legs in the bathtub.
Eventually, Ken does not even bother showing up for dinner with Barbie.
She is shown waiting at the table, meal in front of her, while an empty seat faces her.
Fed up: Soon, the pair are so comfortable with one another that they become more like friends than lovers
Sad: Eventually, Barbie is left alone at the dinner table, waiting for her famous partner to join her
Defeat: Driven to the bottle, Barbie is seen passed out at the dinner table. Her life is far from perfect, it seems
The image is then juxtaposed by another, showing Barbie passed out at the table after her sadness drives her to drink.
Of course, the miserable partnership eventually reaches a climax.
In the next photograph, Barbie walks in on Ken cheating on her.
She is confronted by a tall blonde man putting his shirt back on after, what seems, sleeping with Ken.
Climax: It all comes to a head when Barbie walks in on Ken with another man (pictured standing)
A picture on the wall depicts Barbie and her partner during happier times.
Her life is then shown to spiral wildly out of control from then on.
The next dramatic photo shows Barbie chopping off her famous blonde locks, dressed in a suit as if to be comparing herself to her partner's preferred lover.
She appears to be still in shock over the discovery, despite all the hints she had picked up on earlier.
Devastated: Barbie, in a state of shock, chops all of her hair off to resemble a man; Ken's preferred choice
Horror: The doll then reminds us that she is in fact a doll, by removing her own head in the final photograph
In the final devastating scene, the heroin is shown sitting in a chair, her head on the floor.
Cheekily paying homage to the many young girls who eventually rip the doll's head off her body, the final photograph reminds us that Barbie is, after all, a doll.