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    Mar 10, 2018

    There's A Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll And People Aren't Happy With It, Including Kahlo's Family

    A spokesperson for Mattel said the brand "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".

    On International Women's Day, toy brand Mattel unveiled a "role models" range of Barbie dolls, featuring real women from throughout history to inspire young women.

    The range includes the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.


    Kahlo's family don't approve of the doll, according to news agency AFP. "Mattel does not have the proper authorisation to use the image of Frida Kahlo," her great niece, Mara Romeo, said in a statement.


    The family plan to take "necessary measures," according to Romeo's statement.

    Romeo also noted that the doll does not have a unibrow, one of Kahlo's most recognisable features.

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

    "I would have liked her to have a unibrow, for her clothes to be made by Mexican artisans."

    But the Frida Kahlo Corporation has said that it owns the rights to the artist, which were sold by Kahlo's niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo.

    Mattel confirmed that the brand had the permission of the Frida Kahlo Corporation to create the doll.

    "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," a spokesperson for the brand told the BBC.

    "In addition to the Frida Kahlo Corporation being an important part of the doll development process, we have their permission and a legally binding agreement to make a doll in the likeness of the great Frida Kahlo."

    But rights aren't only reason people seem unhappy with the doll.

    the frida kahlo barbie doesn’t have a unibrow and in a shocking turn of events barbie wants to add feminism to its brand while still aggressively adhering to western beauty standards

    Some shared Romeo's dismay at the missing unibrow.

    why would you make a Frida Kahlo barbie point blank but also why would you make a Frida doll without her monobrow what's the point

    And then there's the fact that the a branded doll might not square with Kahlo's Communist values.

    frida kahlo : i hate capitalism, a lot of things about usa etc society since she died : whaf if we made her image and her beliefs become products society in 2018 : a frida kahlo Barbie !! such a good idea

    Socialists: we want women's equality! ✊🏿✊🏻✊🏽✊🏼✊🏾 Capitalists: here's Frida Kahlo as a Barbie (: Socialists: ... Captialists: so historic ❤️

    People pointed out that the doll erases Kahlo's disability.

    this is a mess a) its ableist, she was a disabled womxn and yall are erasing that critical part of her b) yall are adhering to western beauty standards by getting rid of her unibrow c) she was a communist, the fact ur turning her into some mass produced commodity is appalling

    Kahlo was born with spina bifida, a congenital condition that affects leg and spine development. She was also contracted polio as a child, and being involved in a bus accident as a teenager, which left her with serious injuries.

    I can be grateful for Barbie’s new line of historical dolls & inclusion of Frida Kahlo in it, while also being upset & calling attention to this amazing woman with lifelong disabilities being depicted as fully abled. If I’m ever famous, don’t erase my disability from my story!

    The doll is currently out of stock.


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