Frida Kahlo's Family Is Not Thrilled with Her Barbie Doll

Inspiration Amelia Earhart Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson were some of the inspirational woman chosen as part of the'Shero line

Toy manufacturer Mattel may be heading to court over its new Barbie fashioned in the likeness of famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo after the Kahlo estate sent a letter insisting Mattel "does not have the proper authorization to use the image of Frida Kahlo".

One person who was not afraid to make her thoughts known was actress Salma Hayek, known for her Oscar-nominated portrayal of the Mexican artist in the 2002 film Frida.

That is, it's more Barbie-like than Frida-like.

Certainly one family member took exception to Mattel's depiction of the artist, which eliminated her signature unibrow, a long single eyebrow that one commentator found emblematic of "her striking and handsome refusal to give in to certain sexist societal pressures". She celebrated her uniqueness.

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"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.

But Kahlo's family soon issued a statement objecting to the doll.

In an attempt to address the misconception that "Barbie doesn't need a job because she has Ken to provide for her", the brand released a collection of 17 "role model" dolls (AKA "Sheroes") for International Women's Day - representing "real women".

This is not the first time that the commercial activities of the Frida Kahlo Corporation are said to have angered some of Kahlo's descendants. "How could they turn her into a Barbie", Hayek wrote with two thumbs down emojis, followed by the same message in Spanish.

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Released just ahead of International Women's Day, the "Inspiring Women" collection includes dolls based on Kahlo, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, African-American mathematician Katherine Johnson and other historic figures.

'We will talk to them about regularising this situation, and by regularising I mean talking about the appearance of the doll, its characteristics, the history the doll should have to match what the artist really was, ' Mr Sangri said. 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.

"[The corporation] celebrates the ideological contributions of Frida Kahlo which have transcended the borders of art and which will influence new generations as a world icon through the Frida Kahlo Barbie, which conserves the essence of Barbie and the legacy of Frida Kahlo".

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