Row erupts over new Frida Kahlo Barbie

Row erupts over new Frida Kahlo Barbie

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"Frida Kahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else". But the doll has received a surplus of backlash since its release.

Mattel raised eyebrows, and indeed unibrows, on Wednesday when it announced that Kahlo - a brilliant painter famous for defying gender norms - would be included in its newest collection of Barbie dolls.

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.

However, one doll inspired by Frida Kahlo is now caught in controversy.

Over the years the name and likeness of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, a fierce feminist and ardent communist, have been associated with a number of unlikely products. Fans across Twitter have spoken out, sharing their regrets that Kahlo's Barbie isn't an accurate representation of the artist. The 51-year-old superstar who played iconic Kahlo in her 2002 biopic added, "She celebrated her uniqueness".

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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".

The corporation said it got the rights through Kahlo's niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo, more than a decade ago.

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".

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".

In a statement, the Frida Kahlo Corporation said it, "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".

The Florida-based corporation claims they purchased the rights to Kahlo's image from her family in 2005.

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