The new Barbie doll inspired by artist Frida Kahlo stirred up controversy when it appeared. It’s now been banned from sale in Mexico.
A judge in in Mexico City just issued a temporary injunction against sale of the doll, saying the Frida Kahlo Corporation may not have the the rights to Kahlo’s image. It claims it was granted rights to Kahlo’s image and likeness more than a decade ago by the artist’s niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo.
Mattel said in a statement when the doll was released on International Women’s Day, as part of its Inspiring Women series.
“The Frida Kahlo Corporation actively participated in the process of designing the doll, Mattel has its permission and a legal contract that grants it the rights to make a doll of the great Frida Kahlo.”
But Kahlo’s great-niece, Mara de Anda Romeo, argued in court that Mattel did not have the rights. She said,
“I’m thrilled, I think justice is finally being done. We, the Kahlo family, are the ones who have the rights to all these things.”
De Anda Romeo has been demanding a redesign of the doll since the first images were released in March. She said,
“It should have been a much more Mexican doll, with darker skin, a unibrow, not so thin because Frida was not that thin… dressed in more Mexican clothing, with Mexican jewelry.”
What do you think? Has Frida been white-washed and commercialized?
(Photo, Guillermo Kahlo, courtesy Sotheby’s, via Wikimedia Commons; via Hyperallergic)