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A Bucknellian’s guide to being Kenough

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Dora Kreitzer, Digital Managing Editor / The Bucknellian

On Friday, Sept. 15, the Campus Theatre hosted a screening of “Barbie,” starring Margot Robbie as the magnificent Barbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken. After the screening, many students felt inspired to continue the revolution of the Kens to create their own Kendom. Whether you’re kensure or kencurious, “The Bucknellian” wants to help you to discover your inner Ken. Here are a few tips and tricks to being Kenough as a Bucknellian: 

  1. Lose the last name. You don’t need your family history when you are the shining future! Think about it, all the important names in history are one-liners: Barbie, Adele, Zendaya, Beyoncé and, of course, Ken. 
  2. Rock two pairs of sunglasses. As Gosling pointed out, you will need one pair of sunglasses that are something similar to what Barbie would wear, so that when she needs a pair, you can swoop in and save the day. You also need another pair of sunglasses for you, but make sure that the frame is slightly oversized. This is so when you’re crying (as every Ken does), you’re never noticed, as true Kens must conceal their emotions. Don’t worry, Barbie will never know! After all, the cardinal rule to being a Ken is to NEVER make Barbie sad. 
  3. Know your job. Ken’s job is beach. Make sure that your job is somewhere that Barbie likes to be frequently, so that when she walks by, you can strike a nonchalant pose that you definitely weren’t practicing in the mirror for three hours the night prior. If you’re having trouble knowing what your purpose is as a Ken here in rural Pennsylvania, we have a wonderful suggestion: Farm. 
  4. Bring your own protein powder to Bostwick. Have you seen Ken?! A good Ken likes to flex. A good Ken knows that Barbie likes the Ken that lifts. Most of all, a good Ken can never let Barbie know all the effort it takes to look that good, which means that it’s important to never forget your daily dose of protein. We recommend making a smoothie with protein powder, peanut butter and muscle milk. 

Lastly, remember that above all, it’s crucial to follow the golden rule of being a Ken: 

“I’m sure you’re all aware of the Coco Chanel rule, before you leave the house you take one thing off. The Ken rule is that you put three things on.” – Ryan Gosling

Follow these tips, and you’ll have Barbie swooning over you in no time!

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