Salma Hayek shares her thoughts on the Frida Kahlo Barbie doll on Instagram

By Robert Peterpaul

Salma Hayek has a bone to pick with Mattel! The actress showed her disappointment over Frida Kahlo being turned into a Barbie doll. On Sunday (Mar. 11), the 51-year-old actress took to Instagram to show her distaste for the company's makeover of the iconic painter. Salma shared her views alongside a photo of the new figurine, saying: “#fridakahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else. She celebrated her uniqueness,” plus #bodyimage and thumbs down emojis. She also posed the question: “How could they turn her into a Barbie”?


Instagram: Frida Kahlo Barbie doll
Salma Hayek expressed her concerns over the new Frida Kahlo Barbie doll

The actress is not the only one with that query, as many fans and even relatives of the legendary talent have questioned the design. Of course, the company urges that they set out with only good intentions, launching the Barbie as a part of their “Inspiring Women” series. “Frida Kahlo continues to be a symbol of strength and originality,” they wrote on Instagram. “We are humbled to honour Frida in our new Inspiring Women series. Designed to inspire more girls around the globe to imagine everything they can become. #MoreRoleModels”.

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After portraying the artist in the acclaimed film Frida, Salma has kept a strong reverence for her work over the years. In fact, a mere three days before she expressed her concern of the new doll, the Mexican talent shared a photo that displayed one of the scenes from the 2002 biopic. The picture showed the star sitting in a wheelchair as Frida while painting. "Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly,” Salma wrote in the caption of the picture. The quote is a famous translation of Frida.

Salma Hayek on set, painting herself from using a mirror in the film Frida
Salma played the iconic artist in the film Frida

The A-lister is known for being pretty candid on her Instagram, especially when it comes to female empowerment. Just this past week, she shared several posts in honour of International Women’s Day. “Women of the world: we see you, we hear you, we are you,” she posted promoting the Chime for Change campaign by Gucci. On the day of the celebration day, the Beatriz At Dinner star also published a sweet photo of her with her daughter on a boat. She wrote: “This #internationalwomensday let's unite in the dream of a better future for our girls and the world.”

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