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Court Rules That Sale Of Frida Kahlo Barbie Dolls Will Be Banned In Mexico
By Izza Sofia, 25 Apr 2018
A court has ruled that the sale of a controversial Frida Kahlo Barbie doll has been banned in Mexico.
Toy company Mattel launched its “inspiring women” series last month and the late painter Frida Kahlo was among them. Initially, Mattel said that the company has reached an agreement with Frida Kahlo Corporation to manufacture the doll. However, the company faced objections from the artist’s family.
Kahlo’s grand niece Mara Romero said that the rights very much belong to her and her family. A temporary injunction was implemented to stop the sales of Frida Kahlo’s dolls until the case is resolved, as reported by The Straits Times.
According to BBC, Romero was delighted that “justice has been done” as the Kahlo family are the ones that hold all trademark rights.
Apart from image rights, Kahlo’s family members are also concerned about the appearance of the doll. Romero explained that the doll’s complexion was too light and proposed the doll to acessorized with Mexican jewelry.
The doll should have been created to look more Mexican, equipped with Kahlo’s traits like darker skin and a unibrow. She also claimed that Kahlo is not as skinny as how the doll portrayed it to be.
The case is only applied in Mexico, but the family plans to launch a similar case in the US.
[via The Straits Times, images via Barbie]
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