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The absurd tragedy of the Frida Kahlo Barbie: Feminist icon was opposite of plastic

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There are two Fridas, and pop culture wants only one: the celebrity. Beautiful, colorful, celebrated for the suffering she “overcame,” Frida the celebrity presides over a nebulous empire. Her iconic face has been plastered on all kinds of products, including nail polishes, phone covers, fridge magnets and, now, Barbie dolls.
The Frida fashioned by pop culture has become so detached from the real Frida that perhaps Mattel did not expect blowback for depicting the artist with groomed eyebrows and lighter eyes and without her wheelchair. Frida, the queer, disabled artist, with her radical and...
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