Actress Salma Hayek blasts new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

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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".

The Frida Kahlo Corporation - which has licensed her image for products ranging from skincare to tequila- told INSIDER that it purchased the rights to Kahlo's image from her niece over a decade ago.

Mattel said in a statement provided to INSIDER that they obtained the rights through the Frida Kahlo Corporation. "How could they turn her into a Barbie", the star wrote, expressing the same sentiment in Spanish.

Mattel says it received the rights to produce the doll with the Frida Kahlo Corporation, which was founded in Panama in 2005.

Pablo Sangri, a lawyer for de Anda Romeo, said his client doesn't seek money, but wants Mattel to talk about redesigning the doll.

Hayek is not the only one angry about the new Barbie doll though.

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.

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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 Frida Kahlo Corporation doesn't hold, never held and will never hold the rights to Frida's image".

"I would have liked the doll to have traits more like Frida's, not this doll with light-colored eyes..."

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

Mrs Romeo told AFP news agency that the problem was not confined to image rights. "It should be a Frida that represents Mexico".

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 (1907-1954), the wife of the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, is today considered one of the great painters of the 20th century, particularly for her self-portraits, often brimming with pain and isolation.

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