Salma Hayek Slams Mattel's Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll

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Frida Kahlo was one of the many notable women to have their likeness immortalized in a Barbie Doll in honor of International Women's Day, but Mattel's rendering of the famed artist has drawn more backlash than inspiration.

Several descendants of Kahlo are also upset, as they claim they never gave permission for her likeness to be used by Mattel.

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

While Barbie is far beyond an impossible body type, blonde hair, and an air of irresolution, it seems that Mattel still has trouble with image conformity as Kahlo is not clad in traditional Mexican attire and her unibrow is missing. She celebrated her uniqueness. How could they turn her into a Barbie, ' the actress asked.

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.

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Calling out the toy giants for their questionable decisions on the doll, Salma wrote: '#fridakahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else.

Romeo's lawyer Pablo Sangri said the dispute arose after the family established the Frida Kahlo Corporation in 2005, in partnership with another company called Casablanca Distributors.

With the new Barbie collection including women from NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart to boxing Champion Nicola Adams OBE and filmmaker Patty Jenkins, the Barbie brand received praise for its selection.

'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. Since she died in 1954, her image has generated an array of consumer products, from tequila to lip gloss. The family also say that they have been trying to dissolve the Frida Kahlo Corporation for years.

The corporation said in a statement that it "celebrates the ideological contributions of Frida Kahlo which have transcended the borders of art and which will influence new generations as a world icon through the Frida Kahlo Barbie, which conserves the essence of Barbie and the legacy of Frida Kahlo".


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