There's a Frida Kahlo Barbie doll & we're shaking with excitement

Barbie releases a Frida Kahlo doll for International Women's Day.

In honor of International Women's Day, Mattel released a new set of Barbie dolls on Tuesday, all inspired by real, heroic female figures. Among this batch of adorable and empowering dolls, is a Frida Kahlo version. Yup, the Mexican artist and activist we all still love and obsess over today! I can barely put into words how gorgeous this doll is!

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Mattel released two series of Barbies: one called "Inspiring Women" which includes dolls inspired by historical figures including the Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart, and African American mathematician, Katherine Johnson. The second series is called "Shero" and includes dolls based on inspirational contemporary women such as director Patty Jenkins, U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim, and Olympic fencer, Ibtihaj Muhammed, who wears a hijab.


The dolls were inspired by a survey Mattel did.

The brand surveyed around 8,000 mothers around the world and in their research found that 86% of those mothers were concerned “about the kind of role models their daughters are exposed to.” Thus, the idea of creating Barbie dolls inspired by real-life role models came to be.


The Frida doll is absolutely stunning and the blurb on the site nails what she represents..

"Frida Kahlo, was and continues to be a symbol of strength, originality, and unwavering passion," it says on "Overcoming a number of obstacles to follow her dream of becoming a fine artist, Frida persevered and gained recognition for her unique style and perspective. With her vibrant palette and mix of realism and fantasy, she addressed important topics like identity, class, and race, making her voice, and the voices of girls and women alike, heard." I couldn’t agree more!


But not everyone is happy with the doll.

Lots of folks feel the doll was too glamourized and doesn’t physically resemble the real Frida at all. In fact, Allure expressed their disappointment in seeing a lack of unibrow and facial hair on the Frida Barbie. "Though her contributions to art and culture were what truly made Kahlo such a significant historical figure, her striking and beautiful refusal to give in to certain sexist societal pressures were also noteworthy--and most depictions of the artist prominently feature a unibrow and upper lip hair to honor that,” Rosemary Donahue at Allure wrote. "However, a closer look at Frida Kahlo’s doll reveals something a little troubling. Kahlo’s doll doppelgänger, however, seems to have just a few hairs above her nose at the brow line, making her look more or less like so many other Barbies.” Listen, I get it. 

The argument is valid.

Frida took a stand against traditional beauty standards, and that was a big part of who she was and why she’s still so important to many of us today. With that said, I do feel like peeps might be missing the point here. A few missing facial hairs doesn’t take away from the fact that Frida was a great role model and an important figure for young girls to learn about, especially young Latinas!



Others are claiming that the dolls are “frightfully thin.”

Sure, the dolls are super glamorized and skinny but that’s the case with a majority of the dolls created by Barbie. I'm not excusing it, I'm just saying that's a totally separate conversation that needs to be had. In the meantime, let’s take a second to really embrace this milestone. There are now Barbie dolls inspired by real-life female heroines, and that alone is a step in the right direction. We’ll deal with the glamourizing and the thinness of the dolls later. For now can we just take in the fact that a Frida Kahlo Barbie doll actually exists. PLEASE?

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