Frida Kahlo: Row erupts over Barbie doll based on artist

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Kahlo's great great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo claims Mattel doesn't have the rights to use her aunt's image, with the corporate lawyer stating that his client is not seeking monetary gain, but asking that toymaker to redesign the doll. After a long survey that suggested mothers were unhappy that their kids do not have dolls with real inspiring women whom they would aspire to be, the big toy corporation launched 17 new models.

Hayek shared her thoughts on the Frida Kahlo Barbie in an Instagram post, writing that Kahlo "never tried to be or look like anyone else".

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. "How could they turn her into a Barbie", the star wrote, expressing the same sentiment in Spanish.

But both the Frida Kahlo Corporation and Mattel have rejected the claims.

The doll features significantly lighter eyes than the icon actually had and also have a noticeable gap when her eyebrows used to meet.

It was perhaps an unlikely choice for the maker of the famously buxom blonde doll, given that Kahlo was known for upending gender norms and traditional ideas about how women should look and act.

Romeo's lawyer Pablo Sangri said the family established the Frida Kahlo Corporation in partnership with another company called Casablanca Distributors in 2005.

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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.

Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, Katherine Johnson and other accomplished women are getting their own Barbie dolls.

Mattel said in a statement that it worked with the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corp., "which owns all the rights".

"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", Sangri told the Associated Press.

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

Frida Kahlo was one of the many notable women to have their likeness immortalized in a Barbie Doll in honor of International Women's Day, but Mattel's rendering of the famed artist has drawn more backlash than inspiration.

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