So much about Frida Kahlo is worth celebrating, and today, on what would have been her birthday, that’s exactly what we’re doing. On top of showing that there’s no shame in being a woman with a little extra facial hair and taking part in male-dominated arenas, Frida also lived through many difficulties. In 1925, after she was in an accident while riding on a bus and sustaining injuries that required several surgeries, she began to paint. Throughout her life, she used art to share her painful experiences.
Feliz cumple, Frida. Here are seven ways we are celebrating you today.
Live by her words.
Gavin Aung Than paired Frida’s words with a touching cartoon of a young girl who goes from being made fun for her thick Cara Delevingne-esque brows to discovering that Frida is her spirit animal. For anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, this cartoon will make your day.
Visit Frida's Casa Azul in NYC.
Frida Kahlo’s house and studio have been painstakingly recreated at the New York Botanical Gardens. Even the native to Mexico plants and flowers seen in her art are part of the exhibit.
Order up Frida collectibles.
Frida has proven she will never go out of style, so decorate your house and your everyday life with Frida items. If nothing else, order up this My Little Pony toy inspired by the iconic artist.
Get inspired by her style.
Kahlo’s right leg was thinner than her left after childhood polio – and it was later fractured in 11 places when she had a horrific bus accident in her 20s. As a result, she wore long, traditional Tehuana dresses that concealed her lower body.
Frida’s previously locked away clothes were photographed and put on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London from May 14 until July 12. Luckily, there are some images of her clothes available online. Like right here.
See if you’re the best Frida.
The New York Botanical Gardens is hosting a ¡Viva La Frida! Look-Alike Contest on July 11, and they don’t want anyone to half-ass their looks. They expect everyone to come dressed in full Frida wear. Click here to find out how to participate.
Check out “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit."
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo traveled a lot for work, and in 1932, they spent 11 months in Detroit. In that time, the two worked on 70 paintings, drawings and murals, which can be seen at the “Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” exhibit at the Detroit Insitute of Arts until July 12.
If you can’t be bothered to do anything today because it’s Monday, then celebrate her in the easiest way: Watch Salma Hayek’s interpretation of the Mexican artist in Frida.