Actress Salma Hayek blasts new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll


As it turns out, no one is enjoying Mattel's take on a Frida Kahlo Barbie - neither the famous artist's estate, nor the actress who played her, Salma Hayek.

"Mrs Mara Romeo, great-niece of Frida Kahlo, is the sole owner of the rights of the image of the illustrious Mexican painter Frida Kahlo", the family said in a statement.

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

However, an American company called the Frida Kahlo Corporation insisted it was the legitimate owner of the rights.

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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Mattel said in a statement that it had "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".

Many on social media criticised the doll and complained it's more Barbie-like than Frida Kahlo-like.

According to The Independent, Kahlo's family is accusing Mattel of misrepresenting her appearance and disregarding the very values she stood for, like challenging post-colonialism, gender, class and race in Mexican societies.

Other famous faces in the Barbie "Inspiring Women" collection include aviator Amelia Earhart and Bindi Irwin.

The Frida Kahlo Barbie is now available for pre-order on the Barbie website for $29.99, missing unibrow and all.

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However, one doll inspired by Frida Kahlo is now caught in controversy.

Pablo Sangri, Romeo's lawyer, communicated that the doll was a kind gesture but for the company to continue to sell the doll, it would need to be redesigned; features would have to be renegotiated. "It should be a doll that represents everything my aunt represented, her strength".

But the problem goes deeper than just a dispute over image rights, said Romeo, the granddaughter of Kahlo's sister Cristina.

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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