Frida Kahlo's Barbie Has Upset A Lot Of People, Including Salma Hayek

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Kahlo's great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo wants Mattel to revise the doll, her lawyer, Pablo Sangri, confirmed: "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".

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.

However, an American company called the Frida Kahlo Corporation insisted it was the legitimate owner of the rights. How could they turn her into a Barbie, ' the actress asked.

A lawyer for Romeo added that Mattel did not have the rights to use Kahlo's image, according to the news agency.

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

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

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'The Frida Kahlo Corporation actively participated in the process of designing the doll, Mattel has its permission and a legal contract that grants it the rights to make a doll of the great Frida Kahlo, ' the company's statement said.

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It was perhaps an unlikely choice for the maker of the famously buxom blonde doll, given that Kahlo was known for upending gender norms and traditional ideas about how women should look and act.

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

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

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

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The artist with the famous unibrow was famous for her self-portraits and became a feminist icon. Kahlo was a life-long Communist and spent years fighting capitalism and a company using her image for commercial gain seemed quite ironic to many.

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