Frida Kahlo Barbie Controversy Erupts

Posted: Mar 9 2018, 12:43am CST | by , in News | Toys

 
Frida Kahlo Barbie Controversy Erupts
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The new Inspiring Women Barbie line has a problem.

It should have a been an all positive thing. Mattel unveiled the new "Inspiring Women" Barbie dolls featuring famous women Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Katherine Johnson in time for the International Women's Day 2018. The new Inspiring Women Barbies are widely popular and have sold out at launch.

The Frida Kahlo Barbie doll is now causing problems. A family member of Kahlo claims that Mattel is not authorized to make the Kahlo Barbie. Mattel and the Frida Kahlo Corporation dismiss the claim and insist that they have the correct permission to produce the likeness.

Frida Kahlo's iconic portraits have been used in commercial products already many times and there have been such controversies before. The controversy has caused the reseller prices of the Frida Kahlo Barbie to increase 10 times. There are offers for the Kahlo doll at around $300 on eBay.

According to the BBC, a Mattel spokesperson sees no wrongdoing and defended the agreement. Mrs Mara Romeo, great-niece of Frida Kahlo, sees not only a problem with license. She also would have liked the Kahlo Barbie to darker eyes to better match the likness of Frida Kahlo.

If the controversy is escalating, Mattel could be forced to stop making the Kahlo Barbie, which would make the first batch incredibly valuable to collectors. There is though still hope that Mattel will release more Frida Kahlo Barbies.

Amazon has sold the Frida Kahlo Barbie at launch but is sold out right now. Get the free Tracker app to receive smartphone notifications when this popular "Inspiring Women Barbie" dolls are in stock again.

You find the Frida Kahlo Barbie in the toy section in the online tracking app. Just tap "Notify Me" on the tracker and you are all set.

Frida Kahlo de Rivera was born on July 6, 1907 and died July 13, 1954. She was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. Inspired by the country's popular culture, she employed a naïve folk art style to explore questions of identity, postcolonialism, gender, class, and race in Mexican society.

Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist. Kahlo's work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and Indigenous traditions, and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form according to Wikipedia.

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