Salma Hayek blasts Mattel for making a Frida Kahlo barbie doll
For a person who dedicated their life to empowering women and not compromising on looks, the doll is more of an insult.
Actress and model Salma Hayek has recently slammed Mattel for making a Barbie doll of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. Salma posted a picture of the doll to her Instagram and wrote, " #fridakahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else. She celebrated her uniqueness. How could they turn her into a Barbie."
The 51-year-old actress produced and starred in a movie about Frida back in the year 2002 and had a serious issue with the way the company designed the doll as part of its Inspiring Women series. She is not the first to speak about the Frida barbie and many other critics have called the company out as well.
Many say that the company has not captured Frida Kahlo's heavy unibrow or conjoined eyebrows. The costume does not portray the Tehuana style dresses that the artist wore. Kahlo's niece, Mara de Anda Romeo, has gone to the extent of saying that Mattel does not have the rights to use Kahlo's image.
Anda Romeo's lawyer, Pablo Sangri, said, "We will talk to them about regularising 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," as reported by DailyMail.
The corporation said in a statement, "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."
Frida Kahlo was a communist who lived from 1907 to the year 1954 and her work looked at themes such as identity, post-colonialism, gender, class, and race in the Mexican Society. She is best known for her transparent and real portrayal of women.
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