Frida Kahlo's Barbie Has Upset A Lot Of People, Including Salma Hayek

Inspiration Amelia Earhart Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson were some of the inspirational woman chosen as part of the'Shero line

Inspiration Amelia Earhart Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson were some of the inspirational woman chosen as part of the'Shero line

Frida Kahlo's family released a statement through Instagram claiming that Mattel does not have proper authorization to produce a Barbie doll in Kahlo's likeness. "How could they turn her into a Barbie", the star wrote, expressing the same sentiment in Spanish.

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.

As a part of Barbie's "Inspiring Women" collection, Frida Kahlo was one of three women to be commemorated.

However, Mattel claims that they properly secured the rights through a Florida-based organization called the Frida Kahlo Corporation.

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Australian wildlife conservationist - and daughter of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin - Bindi Irwin are also among the new dolls as are famed aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

"This Barbie doll is meant to honor Frida Kahlo's great legacy and story", a representative for Mattel said in a statement provided to INSIDER.

"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", it said in a statement.

Pablo Sangri, a lawyer for Ms de Anda Romeo, said his client is not seeking money but wants Mattel to talk about redesigning the doll.

Matter vice-president Michelle Chidoni avoided insists that "these dolls are depictions of unbelievable women who did unbelievable things in their time and represent real-life examples and stories for girls to be inspired by", she said.

But the problem goes deeper than just a dispute over image rights, said Romeo, the granddaughter of Kahlo's sister Cristina.

Her instantly recognizable look - unibrow, thick black braids, flowery, hand-embroidered Mexican "tehuana" dresses - and the boldness with which she wore it have turned her into a pop icon.

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". In 2010 the Bank of Mexico said it would issue a 500-peso bill featuring the faces of Kahlo and her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera.

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