A lawyer for Romeo added that Mattel did not have the rights to use Kahlo's image, according to the news agency.
Certainly one family member took exception to Mattel's depiction of the artist, which eliminated her signature unibrow, a long single eyebrow that one commentator found emblematic of "her striking and handsome refusal to give in to certain sexist societal pressures".
For International Women's Day this year, Barbie celebrated impactful female role models with created 17 realistic-looking dolls, including Kahlo, mathematician Katherine Johnson, and aviator Amelia Earhart.
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Critics have slammed Mattel for their representation of Kahlo, pointing out their decision to mostly eliminate her famous unibrow, ideal her famous look and glamorise her elaborate and traditional Tehuana-style dresses.
Mattel also provided a statement from the Frida Kahlo Corporation in which it said it derived its rights to reproduce Kahlo's image from Kahlo's niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo.
Among the fiercest detractors are Kahlo's own family, who say Mattel is not authorized to be making money off of the late artist's likeness. Kahlo's great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo said, "You don't turn a doll into Frida Kahlo by putting flowers in its hair and giving it a colorful dress", in an interview with Telegraph.
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"The company Mattel does not have the proper authorization to use the image of Frida Kahlo", it said, threatening to take "necessary measures" against the California-based toymaker.
"The Frida Kahlo Corporation doesn't hold, never held and will never hold the rights to Frida's image".
Kahlo was known for her assertive embrace of her Mexican identity and her unabashed, unmanicured femininity. "It should be a doll that represents everything my aunt represented, her strength". "Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything".
The artist with the famous unibrow was famous for her self-portraits and became a feminist icon.
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Kahlo (1907-1954), the wife of the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, is considered one of the great painters of the 20th century for her searingly intimate portraits, often dealing with her own pain and isolation.