It’s National Barbie Day But Twitter Ain’t Celebrating The Company’s Newest Doll

You can be anything—except a Frida Kahlo doll that perfectly embodies capitalism. Oh, the irony!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Barbie unveiled a batch of new dolls, based on real-life historical figures and contemporary women—from female aviator Amelia Earhart to US Olympic medalist Chloe Kim.

And though both lines, “Inspiring Woman” and “Shero”, are supposed to be a one-of-a-kind doll made in a real woman’s likeness, one of Barbie’s newest additions is far from looking like the iconic woman after whom she was made.

Twitter users were quick to notice that the Frida Kahlo Barbie (man, there’s something we never thought we would ever hear!) is far removed from how the Mexican artist actually looked like. Not only that, but the internet found it ironic—and some even infuriating—that Frida, a communist woman who resisted the canon of beauty throughout her entire life—was turned into one of the most wester, capitalist symbols that’s ever existed.

“In a shocking turn of events barbie wants to add feminism to its brand while still aggressively adhering to western beauty standards,” read one of the many tweets criticizing the ironic doll.

Click through our photo gallery and check out some of the reactions to Barbie’s misinterpretation of Frida Kahlo’s appearance—and entire persona, for that matter!


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