It's doubtful that Kurtis Taylor was ever called a "doll" while playing on the defensive line at Iowa State, but he will be hearing that frequently from now on.
Toymaker Mattel, which manufactures Barbie and Ken dolls, recently held a digital reality contest to remake Ken's look. The eight-part series, called "Genuine Ken: The Search for the Great American Boyfriend," was part of a campaign to bolster the awareness of Ken's 50th birthday (Barbie recently turned 52).
Taylor was the winner, and the redesigned Ken doll will resemble the 25-year-old native of Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Taylor, according to the New York Times, won over the judges in the romantic gesture category. With $500 to buy gifts, gave each judge a penny and donated the remaining money to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Now Taylor will be cashing in because Mattel is readying a modeling contract.
Taylor was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection in 2008, his senior season. He finished his career with 85 tackles, 11.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.
Below is a video of his pro day workout.