Frida Kahlo's Family Is Not Thrilled with Her Barbie Doll

Frida Kahlo's Family Is Not Thrilled with Her Barbie Doll

Her family is complaining about the lack of resemblance that the doll bears to the real artist and is alleging that Mattel did not have permission to use her image. After a long survey that suggested mothers were unhappy that their kids do not have dolls with real inspiring women whom they would aspire to be, the big toy corporation launched 17 new models.

Salma posted an image of the doll to her Instagram and wrote: '#fridakahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else.

That is, it's more Barbie-like than Frida-like.

Yes, Mattel, which manufactures Barbie, included a Kahlo doll in an inaugural series meant to coincide with International Women's Day.

Mattel has been creating Barbie dolls for over 50 years, and despite its timeless popularity, the dolls have been widely criticised in recent years - accused of promoting unrealistic gender roles and perpetuating anti-feminist ideals.

Hayek's not the only one questioning the doll, with Kahlo's own family calling for a redesign. Now, actor Salma Hayek, who portrayed Kahlo on silver screen too came out to slam the company. "We will talk to [Mattel] about regularizing this situation", said her lawyer, Pablo Sangri, according to The Guardian.

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"Mattel has worked in close partnership with the Frida Kahlo Corporation, the owner of all rights related to the name and identity of Frida Kahlo, on the creation of this doll", it said in a statement.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation - which has licensed her image for products ranging from skincare to tequila- told INSIDER that it purchased the rights to Kahlo's image from her niece over a decade ago.

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Australian wildlife conservationist - and daughter of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin - Bindi Irwin are also among the new dolls as are famed aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

Mattel, however, is saying that they're in the clear, and have been working with the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corp, whose website claims it has "the support of the Kahlo family" and "is dedicated to educating, sharing, and preserving Frida Kahlo's art, image, and legacy".

Critics took to social media about the Kahlo doll, stating that it doesn't exactly reflect Kahlo in image either, expressing that her almost conjoined eyebrows are not accurately portrayed, her figure was not truthful and that the costume worn is not similar in respects to the Tehuana-style dresses the artist wore.

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