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PHOTO ESSAY MAKEOVERS - A Tribute to Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter, born on July 6, 1907 and died on July 13, 1954.

Frida claimed to be born in 1910, the year of the outbreak of the Mexican revolution, because she wanted her life to be bound together with modern Mexico.


This detail well introduces us to a singular personality, characterized since her childhood by a deep sense of independence and rebellion against social and moral ordinary habits, moved by passion and sensuality, proud of her "Mexicanidad" and cultural tradition set against the reigning Americanization: everything mixed with a peculiar sense of humor.


Her life was marked by physical suffering, starting with polio contracted at the age of five and worsened by her life-dominating event that occurred in 1925. A bus accident caused severe injuries to her body owing to a pole that pierced her from the stomach to the pelvis. The medicine of her time tortured her body with surgical operations (32 throughout her life), corsets of different kinds and mechanical "stretching" systems.

Frida had a stormy and passionate marriage to the famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Like so many artists, Frida became more popular following her death.


Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, 1938
Frida Kahlo, 1938

A painting of Frida and Diego Rivera
A portrait of Frida and Diego Rivera


A self portrait of Frida Kahlo
A self portrait of Frida Kahlo


Frida Kahlo
A painting of Frida depicting the
pain & suffering she endured

My model has such a striking resemblance to Frida.  My photographer friend Jeanette Vonier found Angelica in a department store working as a clerk.  She is from San Salvadore and is a mother of three.

Angelica awaits her transformation
Angelica awaits her transformation

Our other friend Vasso, who is a makeup artist, helped transform her face to look more like Frida.  She took false eyelashes, applied them to her brows and trimmed them to make them thicker.  We decided not to connect the brows like Frida to give her a more modern look.
Makeup artist Vasso applies the makeup
Makeup artist Vasso applies the makeup

I attached hairpieces intertwined with ribbons to complete the illusion.  Along with Jeanette's superb lighting, I think we have a winner!

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

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Hair by Kathie Rothkop
Makeup by Vasso
Photos by Elegant Images, San Rafael CA




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