Apr 20, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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Distant relatives of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo have won a temporary injunction –  that halts sales of a Frida Barbie doll.

Kahlo’s great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo – argued in Mexican court that Mattel doesn’t have the rights to use Kahlo’s – image as part of its Inspiring Women series.

A copy of a ruling posted Thursday – states the toymaker and department stores in Mexico – must stop commercializing the doll – until the issue is resolved.

Mattel has said it worked with the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corporation – which it claims has rights to the artist’s image.

Critics say the doll doesn’t reflect Kahlo’s heavy, nearly conjoined eyebrows – and the doll’s costume doesn’t accurately portray her elaborate Tehuana-style dresses.

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