Aspiring Kens can apply to work as Beach in the Maldives and get a free stay

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Coco Bodu Hithi resort is looking for a Beach (Image: Coco Bodu Hithi resort)
Coco Bodu Hithi resort is looking for a Beach (Image: Coco Bodu Hithi resort)

Barbie fans who know that they're Kenough and feel ready to Beach have the opportunity to take on the once in a lifetime role.

As the Greta Gerwig smash interpretation of Mattel's iconic doll made very clear, Barbies (and women) can be anything they want, whether that be a doctor, president or mermaid. The same applies of Kens, with the film's primary hunk (played by Ryan Gosling) taking on the role of Beach.

Now Coco Collection – a luxury resort group in the Maldives – has announced it is hiring for the same role, giving one lucky person the chance to spend 10 nights living Ken’s job of the last 60 years.

The winner will be flown out to the breathtaking Coco Bodu Hithi resort, where they will take up the role of Beach for 10 days out from reality. Located in the North Malé Atoll, Coco Bodu Hithi offers picture perfect white sandy beaches and beautiful shorelines the entire way around - making it the perfect place to get stuck into the important job.

Aspiring Kens can apply to work as Beach in the Maldives and get a free stay eideziqkeiqhhinvKen makes a living as Beach (Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./Jaap Buitendijk. All Rights Reserved)
Aspiring Kens can apply to work as Beach in the Maldives and get a free stayYou could win ten days at the resort (Coco Bodu Hithi resort)

Like all job applications, prospective candidates must certain criteria. They include:

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  • Ability to stand proudly in the sand
  • Spend endless hours staring out over the Indian Ocean
  • Keep track of the morning waves
  • Empty their head of all thoughts
  • Have their rollerblades with them at all times
  • Be comfortable performing a moody solo musical number and/or group dance sequence
  • Proficient at guitar
  • Know the words to “Push” by Matchbox Twenty by heart
  • Have at least two pairs of sunglasses at all times
  • Hold and lean on a surfboard
  • Have 60 years experience as Beach (preferred but not essential)

Those hiring for the position have said it is free from any stress, lifeguarding responsibilities, a need to surf, horses, the patriarchy and beach-offs.

The chosen beach enthusiast will get to stay in their very own dream house next to the sand which features a wardrobe of stylish accessories for ten nights, and their partner or pal can come along.

Return economy flights from the UK to Malé and thrown in, as is a full board meal plan at a select resort restaurant and a massage each.

Aspiring Kens can apply to work as Beach in the Maldives and get a free stayThe winner can take along a pal or partner (Coco Bodu Hithi resort)

Coco Collection’s Director of Marketing, Shafa Shabeer, said: "Beach is one of the most important jobs in the Maldives and at Coco Bodu Hithi, we have a lot of Beach. We look forward to seeing the Kenergy that entrants bring to their applications, and can't wait to welcome the successful Beach candidate to Coco Bodu Hithi."

Applicants do not need to have previous experience, but they must be over the age of 18-years-old. Prospective Beach staff will need to submit 150 words explaining "why they are Kenough for the role". Applications close at midday on August 31.

The success of the Barbie film and storming performance of Ryan Gosling has reignited interest in Ken, a sculpted but sometimes overlooked doll.

The fashion doll was introduced in 1961 as Barbie's boyfriend and has come to be known by his singular first name. However, he has a middle and a surname.

Ken was created by Mattel co-founder Ruth Handler, who named him after her son, whose full name is Kenneth Seth Carson. In the 1960s Random House books about the toys, the character Ken was officially given the surname Carson.

Ken's "official" birthday, which he was introduced to shelves, is March 11 1961, making him a Pisces. Ken was made in response to those who wrote in to Mattel, the company Ruth co-created with her husband Elliot, complaining about Barbie being single.

In response, they created the very first Ken doll, sporting a red bathing suit and cork sandals. He was sold at 12 inches tall, half an inch taller than Barbie - and they were both meant to be from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.

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