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Frida Kahlo’s relatives won a temporary injunction barring sales of a Barbie doll modeled after the artist in Mexico.

Eli Hill
Apr 23, 2018 6:00PM, via BBC

The toy company Mattel created a Barbie doll of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo for their series of “Inspiring Women.” But a court in Mexico ruled on Thursday that the Kahlo-esque Barbies cannot be sold in the country, at least temporarily. The decision comes after Kahlo’s great-niece, Mara de Anda Romeo, argued that Mattel never received the necessary rights to use Kahlo’s image for its series. During the dispute, Romeo’s lawyer said that his client was not seeking money, but asking that Mattel redesign the doll, which features a lighter skin color, fairer eyes, thinner unibrow, and more able-bodied figure than that of the actual artist. The BBC reported that Romeo was “thrilled” with the decision and that the family intends to take similar legal action in the U.S. Lawyers for Mattel have yet to comment on the decision, or announce if they will appeal.

Eli Hill
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