It’s National Barbie Day But Twitter Ain’t Celebrating The Company’s Newest 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! (Photo: Release)

  • Now I’ve truly seen it all. (Photo: Twitter)

  • Frida Kahlo Barbie is the least Frida Kahlo thing (Photo: Twitter)

  • A size 18 Barbie doll? Now *that* would be impressive! (Photo: Twitter)

  • People were quick to point out that the Frida Kahlo Barbie—well, it just doesn’t look like Frida Kahlo. (Photo: Twitter)

  • You’re playing too safe, Mattel. (Photo: Twitter)

  • Materialized prove that society still values women’s beauty over their talent and hard work. (Photo: Twitter)

  • If you’re trying to add feminism to your brand—well, try again, Mattel. (Photo: Twitter)

  • You can keep your doll, Mattel. (Photo: Twitter)

  • Are we supposed to pretend this so-called Frida Kahlo Barbie actually represents Frida Kahlo? (Photo: Twitter)

  • Frida got “Barbie-fied.” (Photo: Twitter)

  • We do want Latin looking Barbies. We just want them done the right way… (Photo: Twitter)

  • She’ll come hunt us from the afterlife. (Photo: Twitter)

  • She would indeed be horrified. (Photo: Twitter)

  • Irony doesn’t get worse than this. (Photo: Twitter)

  • Mattel, please let Frida rest in peace! (Photo: Twitter)

  • We can’t speak for Frida, but… (Photo: Twitter)

  • Your kids will be really surprised. (Photo: Twitter)

  • Staaaap (Photo: Twitter)

  • No, you can’t get a more capitalist anti feminist symbol than the Barbie doll. (Photo: Twitter)

  • *The entire world after seeing the new Frida Kahlo Barbie* (Photo: Twitter)

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! (Photo: Release)

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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