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Frida Kahlo’s relative accused Mattel of using the image of the artist for the Barbie doll

Artist Frida Kahlo and a doll in her honor. Screenshot from the movie Mattel
Artist Frida Kahlo and a doll in her honor. Screenshot from the movie Mattel

By March 8, Mattel released a series of “Inspiring Women” with dolls that are similar to famous women of the past and the present. Among them, including American pilot Amelia Earhart, NASA physicist and mathematician Kathryn Johnson, as well as Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

The grand niece of the artist Mara de Anda Romeo (Mara de Anda Romeo) saidthat the doll manufacturer violated her rights by releasing a toy in honor of Kalo. According to her, the company released the doll without her permission.

Attorney Romeo Pablo Sangri (Pablo Sangri) said that Romeo does not require money, but wants Mattel to change the look of the doll. The toy was criticized for having no frowning eyebrows like the artist, and her dress does not repeat the real clothes of Kalo.

In Mattel noted that they worked on the doll together with the Panama corporation Frida Kahlo, which owns all the rights to the image of the artist. The company claims that the corporation not only gave them permission to use the image, but also actively participated in the creation of the Barbie. The representative of the corporation said that he received the rights from the niece of the artist Isolda Pinedo Kahlo more than ten years ago.

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