Protests erupt over new Frida Kahlo Barbie

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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".

Meanwhile, Kahlo's great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo has said Mattel does not have the rights to use the artist's image. Kahlo's family and corporation, which possess the rights to her estate and creations, allege the Mexican icon's image was stolen and distorted. "How could they turn her into a Barbie", Hayek wrote, with two thumbs down and a "body image" hashtag.

Mattel released a statement asserting that they worked on the doll's production with the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corporation, which reportedly owns the rights to Kahlo's name.

Romeo said the problem went deeper than just a dispute over image rights.

As a part of Barbie's "Inspiring Women" collection, Frida Kahlo was one of three women to be commemorated.

But both the Frida Kahlo Corporation and Mattel have rejected the claims.

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"The Frida Kahlo Corporation actively participated in the process of designing the doll, Mattel has its permission and a legal contract that grants it the rights to make a doll of the great Frida Kahlo", the company's statement said.

Critics complain the doll doesn't reflect Kahlo's heavy, almost conjoined eyebrows, and they say its costume doesn't accurately portray the elaborate Tehuana-style dresses that the artist wore.

However, one doll inspired by Frida Kahlo is now caught in controversy. "We will talk to [Mattel] about regularizing this situation", said her lawyer, Pablo Sangri, according to The Guardian.

The image of Kahlo and her instantly recognizable eyebrows - which she let grow into a single strip of dark brow in defiance of convention - has been stamped onto an explosion of consumer products in recent years: nail polish, bags, shoes, notebooks and much, much more.

Matter vice-president Michelle Chidoni avoided insists that "these dolls are depictions of unbelievable women who did unbelievable things in their time and represent real-life examples and stories for girls to be inspired by", she said. In 2010 the Bank of Mexico said it would issue a 500-peso bill featuring the faces of Kahlo and her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera.