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Salma Hayek And Frida Kahlo's Family Object Barbie Doll

13 March 2018

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.

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.

Hayek was not the only one who raised her concern about Kahlo's image being used by a big corporate house.

But according to a statement supplied to the Times, the Frida Kahlo Corporation was actually involved with the design process, and that Mattel secured the rights over ten years ago through Kahlo's niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo.

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However, Kahlo's family doesn't share that excitement The late painter's family released a statement on Instagram claiming that Mattel "does not have the proper authorization to use the image of Frida Kahlo".

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

Featuring renowned figures such as Chloe Kim, Patty Jenkins and Frida Kahlo, the company aims to show girls that they can be anything.

As the latest addition to Barbie's Iconic Women series created to inspire young girls, she joins aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson as the latest BFFs in Barbie's phonebook.

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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.

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.

Calling out the toy giants for their questionable decisions on the doll, Salma wrote: '#fridakahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else. "It should be a doll that represents everything my aunt represented, her strength", she told AFP.

"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", Sangri told the Associated Press. Fans of the painter have also criticized the fact that the doll doesn't appear to have any signs of polio, a disease that incapacitated her for most of her life, or the life-long injuries that were caused by a bus crash in 1925.

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Salma Hayek And Frida Kahlo's Family Object Barbie Doll