Salma Hayek Is Not Thrilled with the Frida Kahlo Barbie, Either
Salma Hayek Is Not Thrilled with the Frida Kahlo Barbie, Either
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13 March, 2018, 12:50
Now the late Mexican artist's family alleges the rights to her image have been stolen, and accuses toymaker Mattel of misrepresenting her appearance and ignoring what she stood for.
Certainly one family member took exception to Mattel's depiction of the artist, which eliminated her signature unibrow, a long single eyebrow that one commentator found emblematic of "her striking and attractive refusal to give in to certain sexist societal pressures".
In a statement, the family insisted Mattel was not authorised to base a doll on Kahlo.
Mattel, however, is saying that they're in the clear, and have been working with the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corp, whose website claims it has "the support of the Kahlo family" and "is dedicated to educating, sharing, and preserving Frida Kahlo's art, image, and legacy".
Critics have slammed Mattel for their representation of Kahlo, pointing out their decision to mostly eliminate her famous unibrow, ideal her famous look and glamorise her elaborate and traditional Tehuana-style dresses.
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"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 said.
"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. The family also say that they have been trying to dissolve the Frida Kahlo Corporation for years.
However, Romeo's lawyer, Pablo Sangri, told AFP News Agency that the corporation "doesn't hold, never held and will never hold the rights to Frida's image".
Many on social media criticised the doll and complained it's more Barbie-like than Frida Kahlo-like. "I would have liked her to have a unibrow, for her clothes to be made by Mexican artisans. It should be a doll that represents everything my aunt represented, her strength", she told AFP. "It should be a Frida that represents Mexico". "How could they turn her into a Barbie", the star wrote, expressing the same sentiment in Spanish.
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