Today, on what would have been Frida Kahlo‘s 110th birthday, we’re honoring this legend by remembering her wisdom, her words, and her passion.
There’s no doubt that Kahlo’s spirit lives on in so many ways, from the relevant like her majestic artwork to the trivial such as her face on t-shirts and bags. All of these things isn’t to exploit the spirit of Frida or negate what she stood for, but to keep her close.
The rarity of a person like Kahlo — a woman, a Latina, an artist, a feminist, a Mexican — is why we hold her as a saint, even though she was far from it. She’ll remain on our pedestal forever, and for that reason alone, we’re very fortunate to have had her walk this Earth at all. Kahlo was a true authentic person that was unapologetic for her flaws and her glory.
So on this day, when Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico, we’d like to share with you or her words, accompanied by rare images released by her official estate’s Instagram.
“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”
“And the sensation never left me again, that my body carries, in itself, all the wounds of the world.”
“I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and i’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.”
“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”
“Every tic-toc is a second of life that passes … Live Life with Passion.”
“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”