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The Importance of Breaking Stereotypes

Mexico Jammin - Day 13 Mexico City

I'm going to skip around here just a bit. Mexico City was actually our last stop. Most of the group had already left for the states, however our return flight to Costa Rica was to depart from Mexico City, so we decided to stay over in Mexico City for day and take in some of the city.

Since we didn't have much time, we would only be able to see a few of the attractions near our hotel. We decided to spend Sunday at the Frida Kahlo Museum.

I'm very happy that we did! Her far reaching appeal, has touched young and old alike.

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can” Frida Kahlo

Tour of the Frida Kahlo House Museum, also known as the Blue House: includes a self guided tour of the house where Frida was born on July 6th of 1907, and where she died on July 13th of 1954. She lived an unconventional life, and her pictorial work thematically revolves around her biography and her suffering; marked since childhood by the misfortune of getting polio, followed by a serious accident in her youth that kept her bedridden for long periods, resulting in up to 32 surgeries. Her love affair with one of the greatest muralist painters of the time, Diego Rivera, has inspired countless writers who have taken this story even to international cinema

Frida Kahlo remains one of the most influential and famous painters in history.

Interestingly enough some 60 years after her death, “Fridamania” is in full bloom and her influence has touched and inspired a new generation as far away as Africa.

Renowned beyond the art world, in recent years Frida Kahlo has been elevated to the status of fashion and pop icon. The painter in the flower crown is a huge source of inspiration to many black artists and bloggers, those for whom the essence of her art has taken on a profound relevance. Source: Nothing But The Wax

Frida was known for pushing boundaries and breaking stereotypes. I love her eclectic fashion sense and the bright, vibrant colors of her home. For me she is a reminder to always be true to yourself.

Frida Kahlo Fashions

Do Clothes Make the Woman?

Frida Kahlo was well-known for her style. She consciously cultivated this style that set her apart and spoke to both her personal life and her artistic intentions.

Her clothes were beautiful. She obviously took great pleasure in her carefully assembled look. Frida really understood the power of image. She spent hours in front of the mirror, and regularly enjoyed shopping.

Frida adopted an androgynous style, apparent in her stylish tailored suits, which challenged the norms of masculine and feminine of that time.Throughout her life she used her wardrobe choices as a means to play with perception, helping to define how she occupied space as a woman, as well as an artist.

Today she is a major point of inspiration for fashion designers: her influence rippling through the work of many well known designers.

Designer inspired fashions

Of course it wouldn't be like me to leave the area without bringing back a token of our trip.

Here's to you Frida Kahlo!!!

A short video of our trip to the Frida Kahlo Museum

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