Salma Hayek is not impressed with the new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

  • Salma Hayek is not impressed with the new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

Salma Hayek is not impressed with the new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

As a part of Barbie's "Inspiring Women" collection, Frida Kahlo was one of three women to be commemorated.

Certainly one family member took exception to Mattel's depiction of the artist, which eliminated her signature unibrow, a long single eyebrow that one commentator found emblematic of "her striking and lovely refusal to give in to certain sexist societal pressures". "Mattel secured permission and worked in close partnership with the Frida Kahlo Corporation, the owner of all rights related to Frida Kahlo, to make this doll". Kahlo's great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo said, "You don't turn a doll into Frida Kahlo by putting flowers in its hair and giving it a colorful dress", in an interview with Telegraph.

But the family is not alone.

Romeo says that her main concern with Mattel's doll is not just the legality of it, but also what she feels is an inaccurate representation of the late artist.

Hayek took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the doll, positing that Frida's values were in opposition to something like this. She celebrated her uniqueness.

She may not have approved of being cast as a variety of Barbie, the best-selling doll whose image Mattel has updated so as to address criticism that in body type and lifestyle it had perpetuated damaging stereotypes about women.

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A row has broken out between relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and the corporation which claims it holds the rights to her image.

And the contract never granted the Corporation rights to Kahlo's image in the first place, only "certain uses of her name", he said.

'We will talk to them about regularising this situation, and by regularising I mean talking about the appearance of the doll, its characteristics, the history the doll should have to match what the artist really was, ' Mr Sangri said. Kahlo was a life-long Communist and spent years fighting capitalism and a company using her image for commercial gain seemed quite ironic to many.

Mattel, however, said in a statement that it obtained the rights legally through the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corporation, "which owns all the rights", with a Mattel lawyer stating the company purchased the rights through Kahlo's niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo, more than a decade ago.

In its interpretation of Kahlo, the company erased the art icon's disability and famous unibrow.