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Salma Hayek And Frida Kahlo's Family Object Barbie Doll

13 March 2018

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. The family also say that they have been trying to dissolve the Frida Kahlo Corporation for years.

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".

Mattel defended itself in a statement, and said it had obtained the rights.

"I would have liked the doll to have traits more like Frida's, not this doll with light-colored eyes", Romeo told AFP News Agency.

Critics have slammed Mattel for their representation of Kahlo, pointing out their decision to mostly eliminate her famous unibrow, flawless her famous look and glamorise her elaborate and traditional Tehuana-style dresses.

For International Women's Day this year, Barbie celebrated impactful female role models with created 17 realistic-looking dolls, including Kahlo, mathematician Katherine Johnson, and aviator Amelia Earhart.

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Salma is not the first to speak out about the Frida Barbie. Beatriz Alvarado, a spokeswoman for the Frida Kahlo Corporation, said by telephone on Friday that the company had been formed by people who secured rights to market Kahlo's name and likeness after paying a fee in 2005 to Isolda Pineda Kahlo, one of the artist's nieces.

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

"We will talk to them about regularizing this situation, and by regularizing I mean talking about the appearance of the doll, its characteristics, the history the doll should have to match what the artist really was", Romeo's lawyer Pablo Sangri said in a statement to The Guardian.

But the problem goes deeper than just a dispute over image rights, said Romeo, the granddaughter of Kahlo's sister Cristina. A member of the Mexican painter's family, in fact, disputed Mattel's use of her likeness. "It should be a doll that represents everything my aunt represented, her strength", she told AFP.

"These products don't mesh with what Frida was". In 2010 the Bank of Mexico said it would issue a 500-peso bill featuring the faces of Kahlo and her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera.

Salma Hayek And Frida Kahlo's Family Object Barbie Doll