Actress Salma Hayek blasts new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll


Actress Salma Hayek blasts new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

Salma Hayek is not here for Barbie's Frida Kahlo doll.

After years of receiving backlash for promoting "unreal" body image and beauty standards among children, on International Women's Day 2018, Mattel, the creators of Barbie, finally came out with dolls to honour real icons.

In an attempt to address the misconception that "Barbie doesn't need a job because she has Ken to provide for her", the brand released a collection of 17 "role model" dolls (AKA "Sheroes") for International Women's Day - representing "real women".

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 lovely refusal to give in to certain sexist societal pressures".

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.

Calling out the toy giants for their questionable decisions on the doll, Salma wrote: '#fridakahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else. Fans across Twitter have spoken out, sharing their regrets that Kahlo's Barbie isn't an accurate representation of the artist.

'She celebrated her uniqueness.

Mattel, however, said in a statement that it obtained the rights legally through the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corporation, "which owns all the rights", with a Mattel lawyer stating the company purchased the rights through Kahlo's niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo, more than a decade ago.

With her slender face and almond eyes - topped by just the slightest hint of hair between her brows - the Frida Kahlo Barbie looks only vaguely like the real-life Frida.

Among the fiercest detractors are Kahlo's own family, who say Mattel is not authorized to be making money off of the late artist's likeness.

And the contract never granted the Corporation rights to Kahlo's image in the first place, only "certain uses of her name", he said.

The corporation said in a statement that it "celebrates the ideological contributions of Frida Kahlo which have transcended the borders of art and which will influence new generations as a world icon through the Frida Kahlo Barbie, which conserves the essence of Barbie and the legacy of Frida Kahlo".