Monday, May 13, 2013

Frida Kahlo Was a Fox

Is it a cliche to discuss Frida Kahlo’s style, beauty and fashion sense? Surely! However, to ignore the fashion influence of the Mexican painter would be like passing up a mention of Galileo in the history of astronomy. Kahlo is part of fashion’s collective memory: when we see someone with hair parted down the middle with roses piled high like a crown, or in a full skirt of vibrant colors, we think of her. Kahlo’s gifts as a painter and her perseverance in the face of hardship (childhood polio, thirty operations to correct serious injuries from a traffic accident, her famously unfaithful husband Diego Rivera) are part of her legacy. Seldom do people say the obvious: Frida Kahlo was a fox. She was a woman for whom beauty was never the endgame; but because of her soulfulness, her dedication to her work, and her attention to her own physical self (hence the many self-portraits) she became an epic beauty. By embracing what was uncommon about her appearance (i.e. bold eyebrows) she actually made herself more striking. Lives such as Kahlo’s teach us that seeking out conventional beauty is pretty much a dead end: it’s the originals who stand the test of time.

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Chronicle Books has come out with Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls. How lovely!

Chronicle Books has come out with Frida Kahlo Paper Dolls. How lovely!

 

 

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