Mattel releases Barbie versions of Frida Kahlo, other famous women

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Last week, Frida Kahlo was immortalized in the form of a hypersanitized Barbie doll, and this week, the woman who played her in the considerably less-sanitized Hollywood biopic is speaking out.

Barbie is an American icon that has often been criticized as promoting an unrealistic body image and consumerist lifestyle.

"Sharing a photo of the Frida Kahlo Barbie on Instagram, the Beatriz at Dinner actor wrote, "#fridakahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else".

In an attempt to address the misconception that "Barbie doesn't need a job because she has Ken to provide for her", the brand released a collection of 17 "role model" dolls (AKA "Sheroes") for International Women's Day - representing "real women".

"Mrs Mara Romeo, great-niece of Frida Kahlo, is the sole owner of the rights of the image of the illustrious Mexican painter Frida Kahlo", it said.

Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Australian wildlife conservationist - and daughter of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin - Bindi Irwin are also among the new dolls as are famed aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson.

Indeed, the doll in question is very far from the complex artist Hayek portrayed 16 years ago.

Salma Hayek, who was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Kahlo in 2002's "Frida", chimed in on Instagram Sunday, blasting the doll for going against everything Kahlo stood for.

As a part of Barbie's "Inspiring Women" collection, Frida Kahlo was one of three women to be commemorated. Beatriz Alvarado, a spokeswoman for the Frida Kahlo Corporation, said by telephone on Friday that the company had been formed by people who secured rights to market Kahlo's name and likeness after paying a fee in 2005 to Isolda Pineda Kahlo, one of the artist's nieces.

'She celebrated her uniqueness. Since she died in 1954, her image has generated an array of consumer products, from tequila to lip gloss.

With her slender face and almond eyes - topped by just the slightest hint of hair between her brows - the Frida Kahlo Barbie looks only vaguely like the real-life Frida.

"[The corporation] celebrates the ideological contributions of Frida Kahlo which have transcended the borders of art and which will influence new generations as a world icon through the Frida Kahlo Barbie, which conserves the essence of Barbie and the legacy of Frida Kahlo".

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