Frida Kahlo our #WCW

By: CanDace Johnson

We chose Frida Kahlo as our first #WCW in International Women’s Month, for a number of reasons.

1. She was a true feminist icon.

Frida defied all expectations of her time; she took up boxing, refused to fit into the contemporary standards of “feminine” beauty and dressed however she saw fit. In her time, and even today; she’s a rebel.

Frida’s paintings approached women from a refreshingly authentic angle; infertility, illness, heartbreak, abortion and a myriad of perspectives on gender and identity. With the stroke of a brush, she visually interpreted the struggles that women have endured continuously throughout history.

2. She was inspired by Detroit

Frida and her partner Diego Rivera visited Detroit from 1932-1933, when Diego was commissioned to work on a mural at the famed Detroit Institute of Art. View the Mural here.

During their time in Detroit Frida suffered a miscarriage and was rushed to Henry Ford hospital, where she was saved from bleeding to death. During her period of mourning, she created a series of masterpieces that perfectly depicted her pain, serving as one of the most inspirational moments of her life.

“In this painting, Frida depicts herself in Henry Ford Hospital, lying on bed naked with blood and hemorrhage. As in Four Inhabitants of Mexico, this painting has a very intimating space. The body is twisted and the bed is tipped up and that adds the feelings of helplessness and disconnection. The discomfort showed with the way she painted her body: from the waist up she turns toward the viewer; from the waist down she turns away. “
Image and quote from FridaKalho.org

3. She refused to be a victim

Frida was riddled with health challenges her entire life. She suffered from Polio, Spinal Bifida and a near-fatal car crash that unknowingly left her infertile. Through all of her struggles, she used art as therapy. Her art made space for her pain, while simultaneously, showing her strength. Her illnesses didn’t define her.

In life, we will go through pain, depression and disappointment, her photo is on the walls of our salon as a daily reminder to harness that energy to create something new, something beautiful, and that there is always, always room for flowers on your hair.