Actress Salma Hayek blasts new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

Barbie may struggle with math. But Mattel has had bigger problems with its line of dolls

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.

Marcus Smart out indefinitely after tearing tendon in thumb
In his 36 minutes on Sunday night, Smart scored a team-high 20 points to go with eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals. Smart is in integral part of Boston's overall success and his absence is another big blow to the Celtics bench.

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.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Palestinians slam U.S. announcement to hold conference on Gaza crisis
Mar 13, 2018 - 12:35
Palestinian intelligence chief Majid Faraj was part of the convoy but was not hurt either, the security source said. He said that despite the attack he remained committed to Palestinian unity and would continue to come to Gaza.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mnuchin: Trump may exempt more countries
Mar 13, 2018 - 11:31
The White House is now avoiding that kind of talk: "We will have ongoing discussions with Canada and Mexico", said the official. The tariffs - 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum - represent a significant change in US trade policy.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top No new conditions on North Korea before talks
Mar 13, 2018 - 11:03
North Korea has a history of deceit and can not be trusted despite claims it wants to talk peace, says a national security analyst.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Singer Aditya Narayan detained in road accident case
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:44
Earlier, he made headlines just a while ago for yet another wrong reason when he was caught in a brawl with an airline staff. According to police sources, Aditya did not attempt to escape and ensured that the injured were taken to a hospital.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Oil prices rise towards $70 fueling more subsidy fears
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:35
At stake is OPEC's production limits, which are among factors helping the oil market's monthslong recovery. Still, the United States is now the world's no. 2 crude oil producer, ahead of top exporter Saudi Arabia.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Afghanistan Through To Super Sixes In WC Qualifiers
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:30
Speedster Karan KC and Basanta Regmi bagged two wickets each while Sompal Kami and Lalit Rajbanshi chipped in with a wicket each. Their total of 153 represented something of a recovery after a series of mini collapses left them 110/8 in a must-win game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North Korea faces no more conditions for talks
Mar 13, 2018 - 10:21
Kim will be able to tell his people that America's president is kowtowing to him out of fear of North Korea's nuclear arsenal. Trump then agreed to meet Kim by the end of May, he said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top British Paedophile Ring Abused 1000 Children
Mar 13, 2018 - 09:53
They are not discounting the possibility of another arson attack and were talking about installing a fireproof letterbox'. Details emerged of alleged child abuse cases involving possibly thousands of young girls dating back to the late1980s.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Genes Affect Your Empathy Levels, Like Experiences Do
Mar 13, 2018 - 09:52
The scientists found autistic people have more difficulties with cognitive empathy, despite intact affective empathy. But keep in mind that only a tenth of individual differences in empathy in the population are due to genetics.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top NCAA Women's Basketball Bracket 2018
Mar 13, 2018 - 09:13
The NCAA revealed Sunday night the final eight teams under consideration for the last four spots in the tournament. Louisville won the ACC for the first time this season and earned its first No. 1 seed.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kolkata Police writes to BCCI, seeks details in Mohammad Shami case
Mar 13, 2018 - 06:54
On match fixing charges, he had said, "I will prefer to die than involved in such anti-national act". There seems no end to Indian cricketer Mohammed Shami and his wife Hasin Jahan saga.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top QB Cousins says farewell to Washington
Mar 13, 2018 - 06:42
Last year Cousins threw for 4,093 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Washington Redskins . When it was initially published, "Jets" and "Vikings" were among the keywords tagged at the bottom.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bag may have hit fuel switch before copter crash in NYC
Mar 13, 2018 - 06:34
Eric Adams, from western Pennsylvania, was some of the last people to see the victims of the doomed helicopter flight alive. The company referred inquiries to authorities, saying it was focused on the victims' families and the investigation.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hillary Clinton: United States "doesn't deserve Trump"
Mar 13, 2018 - 06:32
Clinton suggested that the portion of the U.S. she won represents portions of the country that are thriving economically. Clinton also reflected that in a campaign against a reality TV star perhaps she should have been more "entertaining".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Jordan Barnett Won't Play in Missouri's NCAA Tournament Opening Game
Mar 13, 2018 - 06:31
State as the 9 while MU - indeed a No. 8 seed - was assigned to Nashville to play Florida State in a West Regional game. Florida State makes the national tournament for the second year in a row and the sixth time in the past 10 years.