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Salma Hayek has lambasted Mattel for creating a Barbie version of the radical Mexican painter Frida Kahlo . Mattel, the US multinational toy company, revealed a Barbie version of Kahlo last week as part of an “Inspiring Women” series which also included mathematician Katherine Johnson and aviator Amelia Earhart. The Hollywood actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for playing Kahlo in 2002 film Frida , questioned why the iconic artist had been turned into a figurine. Hayek argued the feminist icon – who used her artwork to explore issues of gender, postcolonialism, class and race in Mexcian society – was wholly unique and did not seek to emulate others. “Frida Kahlo never tried to be or ... Full story

13 March