Quit Appropriating Frida Kahlo

Mohadesa Najumi

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A “prettier” adaptation of Frida Kahlo’s self-portrait has been circulating the internet. machine and it’s not pretty.

Frida’s iconic look has been appropriated ever since her death in 1954 and her “costume” has actually found a place in novel Hallaween choices (No, seriously).

At the heart of the Frida Phenomenon is the complete omission of her embrace of indigenous features and deliberate rejection of westernised ideals of beauty. Frida lived for art. Yes. But, she also lived for resistance.


As well as embracing communism and rejecting greedy, capitalist ideals, Frida resisted the “gringo” version of beauty that was so prevalent at the time of life. She groomed and darkened her “non-conventional” facial features and took pride in her natural look. Frida did not have any disdain for her monobrow or moustache, and I’m sure she wouldn’t give a flying fuck if anyone else did either. So, quit the…

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