She lived with chronic pain every day of her life after her terrible accident. I'm sure it was the last thing on her mind.
R6. Isn't that a photo of Alan Cumming?
[quote]She lived with chronic pain every day of her life after her terrible accident. I'm sure it was the last thing on her mind.
If you know anything about her you know she was absolutely obsessed with her appearance and how she dressed. She chose to be so hairy--she did certainly not stop doing it because of her chronic pain. had she wanted to use a depilatory cream she certainly would have done so.
She chose to be hairy in order to be artsy and surreal? Or was it a feminist statement?
Hair represented sexuality. Not surprising, as testosterone levels are linked to it in both men and women. Monkeys symbolized sexuality as well, and Frida painted them quite a bit, and owned them. There is a lot of symbolism in art, and R9 is right, Frida was very concerned with her appearance, and how she and her husband Diego presented themselves, and their relationship to the world.
Sarah Mortimer: "Frida's Unibrow Was a Statement, Not a Gimmick."
Wasn't hairiness among upper-class females in Latin America a status symbol in the past? Before the influence of US culture, hair on the face and legs was proof that the woman has no Indian ancestry. Supposedly, US companies had a hard time getting women to use hair removal products in the 20th century.
Read too recently that she, Rivera and Trotsky were big time FBI informants. Another legend goes down.
There is no need for such a fear-inducing thread on DL. We will now all have nightmares.
She loved the lez-lez, and got it on with (among others) Josephine Baker.
It's strange to me that she was Jewish.
Frida's mother, Matilde Calderón y González, was a devout Roman Catholic of mixed Amerindian and Spanish ancestry.
The Amerindian ancestry may be key to understanding her. Like so many women in Latin America with mixed Indian blood back then, she may have tried to prove she's really white. Hence the need to display body hair to prove her white ancestry. But what she really proved to be was something else.
During the 1940s, Frida and her husband "exposed" hundreds of people in Mexico as "communists," who ended up executed by the right-wing Mexican government of the time. Their political boss, Leon Trotsky, was trying to travel to the US and testify for the Dies committee on Communism in the US, but was assassinated.
Scary lady, but not for the reason you think.
Her whole image was crafted. She deliberately wore traditional clothing as well when most other women didn't. She was just 'owning' it, and good for her. It is normal for a fair few women to be hirsute.
It's never been normal for women to have full mustaches.
R18. That explains all the facial hair.
Gack. Retch. Shudder.
You subscribe to the USA standard of beauty, OP. In a way we were more sophisticated about the nuances of cultural standards of beauty in the 1930's and '40s. In Mexico, Delores Del Rio and Lupe Velez in their shaved state just weren't popular box office. That's why bearded Mexican stills are more valuable than their airbrushed American versions.
Diego Rivera's taint was hairless because he brushed it on Frida's upper lip. It's his masterpiece.
SHE's "repulsive?" Well, she had that hair, but she had a very arresting, striking face.
If you want to see repulsive, look at her husband Diego Rivera. He looked like a gigantic frog. And women LOVED him.
The romance of art and love and hairy monkey doom, bloody abortions, Trotsky and streetcars that maim are all forgotten now. Madonna purchased it all.
The point of the hairyness wasn't to emphasize her white side. Actually, she was trying to do the opposite, hence the clothing. The clothing also served to hide her health issues.
Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor and also had the facial hair issue also, so Hispanic and Arab women do not have an exclusive claim this and it is odd anyone would think that. While Hayworth was Spanish on her father's side, her mother was English. Anglo females also have the face hair thing.
BTW, it's too Frida didn't design dresses for her boss in the US, J Edgar Hoover. A hot huipil with red platforms would have impressed his husband, Clyde Tolson, to no end and would have renewed the romance in their marriage.
Before she dyed her hair blonde and waxed, Madonna was hairy as a monkey. Look at her early nude shots; her armpits and crotch are overwhelmingly hairy and her face sported a mustache and caterpillar eyebrows. Yech!
Back in the day it was rumored that she had plans to star in a movie of Frida Kahlo's life. Well, she certainly would have gotten the hairiness down pat. At the time she was fucking Warren Beatty. He probably would have been cast as the 300 pound, frog-faced Diego Rivera.