The life, work and figure of mexican artist Frida Kahlo remains, end six years after she death, one endless resource of inspiration; an iconic picture that goes past the arts world and also has come to be an emblem the diversity and struggle. Yet she is also a colourful, succulent “brand” the the fashion industry has not baulked at appropriating. So much so, that Mattel has created a Frida Barbie, and fans room up in arms around it.
Carlos Fuentes wrote that Frida “was a broken Cleopatra the hid her tortured body, her crippled leg, she maimed foot and her orthopaedic corsets under the spectacular luxuries the the mexico peasant women who have actually for century jealously covert their old jewels, protecting them indigenous poverty, mirroring them only in the great celebrations the the agrarian communities. The lace, the ribbons, the huipil , the tehuan headdress framing that dark butterfly face, prefer moons, giving it wings: Frida Kahlo, telling everyone current that suffering would no wither, nor disease would stale, her unlimited feminine diversity.”
Frida fascinated in life, and also continues to fascinate over six years later, now as a pop icon. Thus, she inspires teenagers who dress up together her for Carnival just as lot as she walk the greats of the fashion industry, who dedicate their recent collections to her. The brand-new season native Stradivarius drapes spectacular models through thick eyebrows in floral headdresses and also T-shirts v the artist’s face and also phrases favor “a besos entiendo, a veces no”.
“How could they revolve her right into this? i can’t believe they make a Barbie from ours Friducha who never tried to look choose anyone else and always celebrated she originality,” protested Salma Hayek from her Instagram account.
However the actress, an Oscar candidate because that her performance in “Frida” (Julie Taymor, 2002), forgets that Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo Calderón accrues all the aspects to be fiercely pillaged by the market: courage, originality, resilience (one of those en vogue concepts, which according to the dictionary appeals to the “capacity of adaptation the a living being before a disruptive agent or an disadvantage state or situation”), tradition, ambiguity, sensuality, feminism, struggle and colour, numerous colour.
Detail of one altar at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City, 2017. Picture by AFP photo / Yuri Cortez