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Salma Hayek slams Barbie version of Frida Kahlo for this reason

'How could they?'

Salma Hayek slams Barbie version of Frida Kahlo for this reason
Frida Kahlo in Barbie form (yes, she's missing something) | Photo: Instagram/Barbie

Salma Hayek has slammed Barbie for turning late bisexual icon Frida Kahlo into a plastic doll.

Late artist Kahlo appears in plastic for the first time alongside bisexual boxer Nicola Adams.

They are part of a new range the toymaker brought out to mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March.

Despite much praise for the line, one person wasn’t impressed. Salma, of course, played Frida in the Oscar-nominated 2001 biopic of the same name.


‘She celebrated her uniqueness’

Taking to Instagram, Salma complained: ‘fridakahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else. She celebrated her uniqueness.’

She furthermore continued: ‘How could they turn her into a Barbie’ along with the hashtag ‘#body image’ [sic] and thumbs down emojis.

Some have also criticized the doll for leaving out Frida’s most defining physical characteristic. The artist was known for rocking a monobrow throughout most of her professional life.

When Nicola’s Barbie was first revealed, the star said in a statement: ‘Without my own role models, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Growing up, my biggest role models were my mum and Muhammad Ali – there were no female boxers in media when I was a kid, and I might have discovered my passion sooner if I’d seen other women boxing.’

She furthermore added: ‘That’s why empowering the next generation of kids is something I’m passionate about. It’s great to work with Barbie to share my story now.’

Bisexual boxer Nicola Adams turned into Barbie doll

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