Moments of Frida Kahlo

In my eyes Frida Kahlo is the ultimate empowering woman! Her strong personality, talent, heart and strength made her into an icon and the reason why so many Latina’s adore her ’til this day. This is not a history lesson on her life story, you can see the movie for that! This is an expression of what I loved about her, highlights of her life that I relate to personally and some of my favorite Frida items!

I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it’s true I’m here, and I’m just as strange as you.”
– Frida Kahlo

-Frida & her family – 

Frida definitely was not your average girl she suffered a lot from being bullied to crippled by 19! One of the first things I could relate to was the relationship with her father, they were very close and it was said that she was his favorite because she was most like him. She took care of him and worked along side her father who was an artist of architecture. She rebelled against her deserving catholic upbringing by playing pranks and doing things that young catholic girls just shouldn’t do! But it was her father that helped build her strength and character by having her participate in sports like wrestling and boxing. Frida went on to live life on her terms and was the ultimate risk taker!

In this family photo, Frida showed up in a suit… her mother was not happy!  Loved her rebellious attitude!  

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This photo below is an unfinished painting that she was doing but stopped when one of her sisters passed away. Her grandparents at the top, her parents in the middle and her and her 3 sisters at the bottom. Her sister Cristina is painted right next to her because they were the closest but she is also the one that betrayed her. The empty faces are said to be her step-sister from a previous relationship her father had and other male figure may be her brother that passed only after a few days of being born, and of course she painted her baby that she lost in a miscarriage … the biggest tragedy of her life!

portrait-of-frida-family Courtesy of www.fridakahlo.org

-Frida’s Tragedies-  

It’s well known that Frida suffered a horrible trolley accident at 19 that left her crippled, and she would never be the same again. Even though she did not want to be an artist, it was the only thing she could do while confined to her bed for so long! There are many self portraits, paintings of her feet and basically whatever she could see in her view. But this was not her only tragedy. While in the United States living in Detroit, MI (my home town) Frida suffered the heart wrenching loss of her baby while only a few months into her pregnancy. She documented this in a painting that would later be known as one of her most intimate paintings. Even though in the movie they don’t show where this incident happened, you can see in her painting that “Henry Ford Hospital,  Detroit is written on the bed-rail.

henry-ford-hospitalCourtesy of www.fridakahlo.org

 – Frida and Diego- 

There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”
– Frida Kahlo

The way she loved Diego was beyond limits. She loved him more than life itself, no matter how much pain they went through it was just a real unconditional love that would never fade away. Frida would write of her pain during the bad times and celebrate it during the good times.

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I can understand the love they shared, you can be hurt by the same person that you love the most….and still love them! Through it all Diego stayed with her until her dying day, only living a few years longer than she did. Frida painted this to describe how she felt when separated from Diego, she called it “The Two Frida’s” … the one he loved and the one he didn’t!

the-two-fridasCourtesy of www.fridakahlo.org

Frida’s last painting was a simple platter of cut watermelon, again painting what was in her view…Frida completed 8 days before she died! It simply said “Viva la Vida”viva-la-vida-watermelons Courtesy of www.fridakahlo.org

This video Frida is one of my favorites to watch, it shows her throughout her life and most of all the love between her and Diego. If you love Frida, then you will love this!

I love when I find unique items of Frida! Here are a few of my favorites!

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Mexicons Art has a variety of Frida items from buttons, air fresheners, books and more. Follow her Instagram to see them all!

 

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Sew Bonita is one my favorites!!! She makes the cutest designs, this is the newest piece to my collection! Check her website because she has more Frida items coming out soon!

Frida the poet was captured in an article Elephant Journal by Elyane Youssef She put together the most touching poems written by Frida to Diego. You can see her article here!

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Featured image is courtesy of Forever Petals by Vee … She make the most beautiful paper floral artwork right here San Antonio. See more designs at her Etsy Store!

Thanks for stopping by, Share your favorite Frida moment below!

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Comments

  1. Crystal says:

    Love the Frida T-shirt! I never knew much about her, good post!

  2. danay says:

    I absolutely loved this write-up of Frida!

  3. I admire Frida so much. She was such a talented and strong woman.

  4. Love all the itemd, I personally was inspired in Frida to design my jewelry collection. You can find it in http://www.silverbombon.etsy.com

    1. meximoments@yahoo.com says:

      That is so great! Your jewelry is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing !! ~Marisa

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