Who hasn't used fashion as camouflage? My Mom has forever refused to cinch a belt around anything she wears, thinking it will "emphasize her big bum." At 85-years-old, she isn't about to change but I still wish she could embrace what some people consider a heaven-sent attribute.
Frida Kahlo, Mexican artist and now pop culture icon, wasn't immune to this either. After childhood polio and later a devastating bus accident left her with a withered leg and a back brace, she started to dress in long skirts and boxy blouses topped with a flower crown on her long head-circling braid.
In a new exhibition: "Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up," co-curators Laurie Wilcox and Circe Henestrosa suggest:
The last thing you'd be thinking of when you saw her were her disabilities. The flamboyance was distracting.
Well. Who knew? This makes me love her even more. For years I refused to wear long dangle earrings thinking they would draw attention to my double chin. Then one day I woke up and thought, "F@#k it! I LOVE long dangle earrings."
This is why I created our new "Frida" collection. To celebrate ourselves—despite our flaws.
People don't see what we think of as our flaws. They see our energy, chutzpah, love.
Here's to Frida. and becoming our own icons!
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