Barbie Inspiring Women Series Frida Kahlo Review (Mattel)

Barbie Inspiring Women Series Frida Kahlo
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What It Is

The famous artist, activist, and feminist Frida Kahlo is one of the first dolls in the new Barbie Inspiring Women Series from Mattel, created in recognition and celebration of powerful female heroines and role models through history.

The doll features a traditional Barbie body type and is fully posable through the arms, neck, and waist. The doll is not poseable in the legs, but comes with a stand for display that holds the doll at the waistline. After Frida's marriage to fellow artist Diego Rivera ended, Frida began to incorporate many traditional Mexican fashion elements into her look. This doll taps into that with a floor-length maxi skirt, faux-embroidered top, and serape (aka Mexican shawl). Her hair during this period of her life also became somewhat iconic with elaborate braids that often incorporated ribbons or flowers. Here, her look is finished off with a flower crown and a less pronounced version of her iconic monobrow (the unibrow the artist fully embraced and often enhanced).

The back of the packaging features a famous Frida Kahlo quote as well as a brief biography of the artist and her contributions.

As a Barbie Signature collection doll, this doll also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Is It Fun?

There has been a lot of conversation surrounding this doll line and how the traditional Barbie look and proportions coming through more than what Frida looked like IRL. But here's the thing, Barbie will forever be a lightning rod for these kinds of conversations and what's happening in the world at any given time.

This doll doesn't take away from Frida's life work as an artist or an activist. Perhaps it might be viewed by some as an inaccurate representation of that work, but it can still be used as an inspirational role model for girls (and boys). Yes, maybe her iconic monobrow might not be as bushy, but it's there. Yes, Frida would not have stood so tall thanks to her spinal problems and short stature, but she did typically paint herself with relevantly speaking, good posture in her self portraits (when not displaying her body as broken or bleeding).

Who It’s For

The Barbie Signature Collection Inspiring Women Series Frida Kahlo doll is for ages 6 and up from Mattel. As part of the Pink Label, this is considered to be an entry level collector doll, which can be used for play or kept as a NRFB doll for display. We also think, given how much of a conversation piece this doll has become, it increases the doll's level of collectibility.

What To Be Aware Of

Pink Label Barbie dolls are considered to be the first tier/ introductory level collectible Barbie dolls. This tier typically includes celebrity dolls, keepsake dolls, and historical figures.

The Barbie Inspiring Women Series was revealed in advance of International Women's Day 2018 to honor 17 internationally recognized historical and modern-day female role models, as part of Mattel's Sheroes program. The three original historical figures include Frida Kahlo, female aviator Amelia Earhart and NASA "human computer" and mathematic pioneer Katherine Johnson. Modern day Sheroes in the line include filmmaker Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman), Asian-American snowboarding champion Chloe Kim, wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin, boxing champion Nicola Adams, champion windsurfer Cagla Kubat, two Michelin star French chef Helene Darroze, volleyball champion Hui Ruoqi, lalaBerlin fashion label founder Leyla Piedayesh, professional golfer Lorena Ochoa, Polish journalist Martyna Wojciechowska, soccer player Sara Gama, actress and the Nation's Daughter in China Xiaotong Guan, prima ballerina Yuan Tan, and entrepreneur and fashion designer Vicky Martin Berrocal.

AT A GLANCE:
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  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy