Snapchat is facing growing backlash over three limited-edition International Women’s Day lenses. The app’s animated lenses, which will be available for 24 hours, feature artist Frida Kahlo, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and scientist Marie Curie—all pioneering women in history. As many social media users pointed out, however, the lenses fail to do the women—and their stories—any justice.

According to Mashable, the lenses are meant to celebrate the women’s lives and the important work they did. The lens for Kahlo features her signature unibrow, red lipstick and floral headband. In response to the lens, the Frida Kahlo Corporation said, “In the age of the selfie, Frida is considered to be the first selfie artist, she told a story of love, life, strength and passion thru her self-portraits.”

Parks’ lens includes the civil rights activist’s hat and glasses, in addition to her famous quote: “You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.” Curie’s lens pictures beakers and a scientific experiment, plus an additional full face of makeup. The lenses also work in rear-facing mode as World Lenses.

While some social media users applauded Snapchat’s decision to feature inspirational women through celebratory lenses, many pointed out that they missed the mark with each one’s details. Much of the criticism was directed toward Curie’s lens given that instead of celebrating science, it gave a dramatic smokey-eye effect. Others pointed out that Kahlo’s lense lightened their skin—which is certainly a recipe for disaster. Snapchat also got into hot water last year when they released Bob Marley and anime lenses, prompting accusations of racial insensitivity.

See how social media responded to the International Women’s Day lenses below:

Social Media Reacts to Snapchat’s Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie and Rosa Parks Lenses

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