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Mattel in dispute with Frida Kahlo descendants over doll

Updated Thursday, March 8, 2018 | 1:40 p.m.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Toy-maker Mattel is in a dispute with some distant relatives of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo over the rights to a Frida Barbie doll released as part of its Inspiring Women series.

Kahlo's great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo says Mattel doesn't have the rights to use Kahlo's image.

A lawyer for de Anda Romeo says his client wants Mattel to talk to his client about redesigning the doll.

Mattel said in a statement that it worked with the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corporation, "which owns all the rights."

A lawyer for the corporation said it got the rights through Kahlo's niece, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo, more than a decade ago.

Critics say the doll doesn't reflect Kahlo's heavy, nearly conjoined eyebrows, and her signature Tehuana-style dresses.