Salma Hayek Slams Mattel's Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll

Salma Hayek Slams Mattel's Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll

"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", it said. The 51-year-old superstar who played iconic Kahlo in her 2002 biopic added, "She celebrated her uniqueness".

"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", Romeo's lawyer Pablo Sangri said in a statement to The Guardian.

She may not have approved of being cast as a variety of Barbie, the best-selling doll whose image Mattel has updated so as to address criticism that in body type and lifestyle it had perpetuated damaging stereotypes about women.

A Frida Kahlo Barbie doll on display in Mexico City.

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

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.

Victoria & Albert Museum shows Frida Kahlo in a blue satin blouse

"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.

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

In its interpretation of Kahlo, the company erased the art icon's disability and famous unibrow.

"#FridaKahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else".

Romeo says that her main concern with Mattel's doll is not just the legality of it, but also what she feels is an inaccurate representation of the late artist.

As Paper reports, the Kahlo Barbie was one of 17 released in conjunction with International Women's Day, part of its "Inspiring Women" series that also includes Barbie versions of pilot Amelia Earhart, mathematician Katherine Johnson (whose story was told in the Oscar-winning film "Hidden Figures") and "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins. The "Sheros" line already boasts dolls that look like ballerina Misty Copeland, gymnast Gabby Douglas and actress Emmy Rossum.

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