One of the most famous faces in the world Frida Kahlo (born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón) was a Mexican painter whose self-portraits beautifully and honestly expressed the female form in a new way.
Self-taught, Kahlo created at least 140 paintings, as well as dozens of drawings and studies. The great artist died in 1954 and was cremated, while an autopsy was never done, it was determined that her official cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Kahlo and her art has been immortalized in Mexican culture and feminist discourse, so we at BUST are glad to celebrate her art work.
Image c/o Nickolas Muray, Imogen Cunningham, Julien Levy, Mauel Alvarez Braud, Frida Kahlo, Florence Arquin, Leo Matiz, Lucienne Bloch, Fritz Henie, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Carl Van Vechten, Guillermo Davila, Juan Guzman, W.J. Stettler, Vintag Princess Weekes is a part-time bookseller and a full-time writer with a Master’s in English from Brooklyn College. A former intern at BUST magazine, she has since written articles for The Mary Sue, BUST and maintains her own video channel under the name Melina Pendulum, discussing the intersection of pop culture, feminism and race. She is currently working on a fantasy novel about black witches during the Jim Crow era, while attempting to purchase every liquid lipstick the world has to offer.