The Maria Felix celebrity doll portrays her as herself, a Mexican actress and singer. She was one of the most influential and famous Latin American stars of cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. The Black Label María Félix Signature doll was release by Mattel on August 16, 2023 for $40 retail as part of their Tribute Collection. The doll was designed by Carlyle Nuera.
“An original woman is not one who does not imitate anyone, but one no one can imitate.” – María Félix
“Una mujer original no aquella que no imito a nodie, sino aquella a la que nadie puede imitar.”
María Félix was born in 1914 in Álamos, Sonora, México. In 1937 Félix moved to México City where she was approached by a filmmaker to be in movies, to which Félix famously responded, “when I want to, it will be through the big door.” Eventually Félix pursued film but declined a career in the USA because she wisely knew the language barrier would lead to typecasting. She instead initially focused on Spanish-language films, her first starring role the 1943 drama, “El Peñón de las Ánimos (The Rock of Souls)”, with two more films to follow. The success of those films led to her breakout role, Doña Bárbara, where she portrayed a cattle trader seeking revenge. The film earned her the nickname “La Doña”, which followed her throughout her career as she took on powerful female roles. Félix would go on to star in more successful films, including “Rio Escondido” in 1948, catapulting her into an expansive career across Latin America and Europe for several decades. Being admired, famous artists and composers pointed and wrote songs about Félix. Her extensive fame in Europe ad her awarded the prestigious “Officer of the Legion of Honour” and “Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”, highest decorations in France. The “Chamber of the Italian Fashion Industry” recognized her in 1984 as the best dressed woman in the world.
Félix knew the weight of her star power could create real change and used it to shape Mexican and Latin societies. In México City, she led the development of the first subway line and was the moral catalyst for the development of the Zocalo Main Square. An incomparable beauty and talent, ambition, drive, elegance, intelligence, and a social conscience, María Félix capture audiences across the globe, on and off the screen
The Tribute Collection celebrates visionaries whose incredible contributions have helped shape and impact culture.
The María Félix doll wears a strapless (clear straps) black tulle and shiny gold jacquard gown with a gold plastic decoration on the bodice and a black tulle bustle of the back. Around the neck is a flowing black net drape that ties on with a long black satin ribbon. The gold skirt on the gown has a split up the back.
On the arms are above the elbow long black mitten/gloves and the black plastic strap pointed toe heels on the feet.
The shiny jet black hair comes tied back in a black hair net. Once released thick long ring curls fall half way down her back. The hair is parted on the right side.
The face is painted with stark red lipstick and the eyes are brown. The right eyebrow is extra arched and a mole is painted below the left eye to replicate the signature look of María Félix. Mattel gave the doll a custom María Félix likeness sculpt.
The doll is articulated at the neck (45° in all directions and twists all the way around), shoulders (90° up and twist all around), elbows (90° up and twist all around), wrists (90° up and down and twist all around), hips (ball joints do splits in both directions), knees are double jointed and rotate back almost the full 180°). Ankles and torso are fixed.
Elaborate long gold plastic earrings that are fixed to plastic post and do not dangle.
The María Félix sold out in minutes in the US and is only available through 3rd party sellers. To see her current price and availability use the following links (The museum gets a small commission for qualified purchase):
The following is an documentary on María Félix’s life from YouTube. It is in Spanish, but you can turn on closed captions as Auto Subtitles in Spanish then switch them to Auto English (or any other language) auto translation if you don’t know Spanish.