(MEXICO CITY) — Toy-maker Mattel was in a dispute Thursday with a distant relative of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo over rights to a Frida Barbie doll launched as a part of the corporate’s Inspiring Ladies sequence.
Kahlo’s great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo mentioned Mattel doesn’t have the rights to make use of Kahlo’s picture.
Pablo Sangri, a lawyer for de Anda Romeo, mentioned his consumer doesn’t search cash, however desires Mattel to speak about redesigning the doll.
“We’ll discuss to them about regularizing this case, and by regularizing I imply speaking in regards to the look of the doll, its traits, the historical past the doll ought to should match what the artist actually was,” Sangri mentioned.
Critics complain the doll doesn’t replicate Kahlo’s heavy, almost conjoined eyebrows, they usually say its costume doesn’t precisely painting the frilly Tehuana-style attire the artist wore.
That’s, it’s extra Barbie-like than Frida-like. Barbie is an American icon that has typically been criticized as selling an unrealistic physique picture and consumerist life-style. Kahlo was a life-long communist who died in 1954 earlier than the doll was launched.
Mattel mentioned in a press release that it labored with the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corp., “which owns all of the rights.”
“The Frida Kahlo Company actively participated within the strategy of designing the doll, Mattel has its permission and a authorized contract that grants it the rights to make a doll of the good Frida Kahlo,” the corporate’s assertion mentioned.
The company mentioned it acquired the rights via Kahlo’s niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo, greater than a decade in the past.
The company mentioned in a press release that it “celebrates the ideological contributions of Frida Kahlo which have transcended the borders of artwork and which is able to affect new generations as a world icon via the Frida Kahlo Barbie, which conserves the essence of Barbie and the legacy of Frida Kahlo.”