Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker were both powerful, talented and inspiring women in their own rights. Both dared to take the road less traveled and knocked adversity to the ground with grace. Frida and Josephine were and still are admired worldwide. And while in Paris in , they admired each other—all the way to the bedroom. Frida did not originally intend to be an artist. A survivor of polio, she entered a pre-med program in Mexico City, but her life changed drastically at age
Famous Bis: Frida Kahlo
Biography of Bisexual Painter Frida Kahlo
Her paintings often had strong autobiographical elements and mixed realism with fantasy. In addition to belonging to the post-revolutionary Mexicayotl movement, which sought to define a Mexican identity outside of European colonialism, Kahlo has been described as a surrealist or magical realist. Her clothing choices also reflected her determination to define a Mexican identity. She incorporated traditional clothing into her wardrobe as a way to show pride in her Mexican heritage. Much of what she wore carried both personal and political meaning to Kahlo. Although she was disabled by polio as a child, Kahlo had been a promising student headed for medical school until a traffic accident at age eighteen, which caused her lifelong pain and medical problems. During her recovery, she returned to her childhood hobby of art with the idea of becoming an artist.
Frida Kahlo: Role Model for Artists, People with Disabilities and Bisexual Women
Bisexual Mexican artist Frida Kahlo has become not only an international icon for the power and intensity of her art, but also for the extraordinary suffering that she endured in life. Born in Mexico on July 6, to a German photographer and his Mexican second wife, Kahlo became a central figure in revolutionary Mexican politics and twentieth-century art. In , at the age of eighteen, Kahlo suffered appalling injuries in a streetcar accident, when she was impaled by an iron handrail smashing through her pelvis. Multiple fractures to her spine, foot, and pelvic bones meant that the rest of her life was dominated by a struggle against severe pain and disability. Following her accident Kahlo started painting, becoming an important surrealist.
Frida Kahlo, a Mexican woman who had multiple disabilities including polio as a child and spinal and pelvis damage from a car accident, became a world-renowned self-portrait painter. She has since served as a role model for generations of artists, people with disabilities and bisexual women. Kahlo was married to artist Diego Rivera; each of them had lovers as well. Among lesbian, gay and bisexual adults, 30 percent of men and 36 percent of women have a disability. At the age of six, Kahlo was bedridden will polio.