Salma Hayek is not so sure about the concept of a Frida Kahlo Barbie doll. To review, Mattel recently put out a line of 17 dolls that fit the theme of “Inspiring Women.” Released just ahead of International Women’s Day, the collection features plastic likenesses of female role models from different countries and eras.
In that mix is a doll representing Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist who’s close to Hayek’s heart. Don’t forget: Hayek poured blood, sweat, and tears into producing the 2002 biopic Frida, an ordeal that she chronicled in her New York Times essay supporting the #MeToo movement. Hayek also portrayed the artist in the film.
On March 11, Hayek shared an image of the Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll on Instagram. In her caption, the actress wrote: “[Kahlo] never tried to look like anyone else. She celebrated her uniqueness. How could they turn her into a Barbie.” She followed her statement with two emoji that made her feelings crystal clear: two thumbs down.
Hayek is not the only one who’s displeased with the doll. Kahlo’s great niece, Mara de Ando Romeo, has claimed that Mattel did not have the rights to use her famous family member’s image (Mattel has refuted the claims).
Romeo added that the doll’s features don’t even do justice to her great aunt. “I would have liked the doll to have traits more like Frida’s, not this doll with light-colored eyes,” she said.