salma+frida+barbieMattel announced that they would be launching a Barbie collection, the Inspiring Women Series, where Frida Kahlo would be featured.

Salma Hayek did not like this at all.

She wrote:
“Frida Kahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else. She celebrated her uniqueness. How could they turn her into a Barbie. No puedo creer que hayan hecho una Barbie de nuestra Friducha que nunca trató de parecerse a nadie y siempre celebró su originalidad #bodyimage”


The company said, “The Barbie Inspiring Women Frida Kahlo doll celebrates the groundbreaking achievements, heroism, and long-lasting contributions Frida made in the art world and for women. Her extraordinary life and art continue to influence and inspire others to follow their dreams and paint their own realities.”

It seems like they are trying to show that a Barbie or a doll can represent more than simply a “body” image.

If a film was made to celebrate Frida, why can’t this Barbie doll do the same?

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