Mattel releases Barbie versions of Frida Kahlo, other famous women


Meanwhile, Kahlo's great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo has said Mattel does not have the rights to use the artist's image.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation - which has licensed her image for products ranging from skincare to tequila- told INSIDER that it purchased the rights to Kahlo's image from her niece over a decade ago. "Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything".

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".

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

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.

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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Hayek's not the only one questioning the doll, with Kahlo's own family calling for a redesign.

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.

However, Romeo's lawyer, Pablo Sangri, told AFP News Agency that the corporation "doesn't hold, never held and will never hold the rights to Frida's image".

Matter vice-president Michelle Chidoni avoided insists that "these dolls are depictions of awesome women who did fantastic things in their time and represent real-life examples and stories for girls to be inspired by", she said. "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".

Kahlo, whom Mattel described as "a celebrated artist, activist and symbol of strength" and who died at the age of 44 in 1954, was known for self-portraits and other works that the Surrealist leader André Breton described as "a ribbon around a bomb".