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Frida Kahlo, Feminist Icon

Born in Mexico in 1907, Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, was to become famous for her self-portraits,

Born in Mexico in 1907, Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, was to become famous for her self-portraits, her long skirts, colourful clothes and her distinctive eyebrows. Today Kaho is a feminist icon and one of the most famous women in the history of art, not just for her distinctive style of art, but also for her colourful life.

Frida suffered polio as a child and as a result one of her legs was thinner than the other, she wore long skirts to hide this fact. Growing up during the time of the Mexican Revolution Frida was a regular witness to witness to violent armed fights. Frida was later to claim that she was born in 1910, the year of the revolution so as to be directly associated with it.

Upon finishing school Frida planned to study Medicine, however, she was involved in an accident whilst travelling on a bus which resulted in serious fractures to her spine and pelvis. Whilst recuperating, she began to paint and completed her first self portrait the following year.

During her recuperation Frida began painting full-time, joined the Young Communist League, and the Mexican Communist Party. It was at Communist Party event where Frida met fellow artist Diego Rivera. Although 20 years her senior and with two common-law wives they were later married. Frida’s described the physical union as a “marriage between an elephant and a dove”. However, he approved of the union as Diego, an established artist would be able to take on responsibility for Frida’s medical bills.

Moving to Cuernavaca where Diego was commissioned to paint a mural, Frida began to draw inspiration from Mexican folk art for her paintings. It is here that she began to remove herself from European influences. She began to dress in traditional Mexican clothing and braid her hair, embellishing it with ribbons and flowers as a means to identify with her indigenous culture.

Frida and Diego had a tumultuous marriage, both were passionate and quick to temper. They both had extramarital affairs. Frida was openly bisexual and while Diego tolerated her affairs with women he was jealous of her affairs with other men. Frida found the fact that Diego had an affair with her younger sister unforgivable and they divorced, but were later re-married. They remained communists throughout their lives and after forming a friendship with Leon Trotsky, Frida also had an affair with him. Trotsky was famously assassinated in Cuernavaca, Mexico

The accident of Frida’s youth was always with her. Over the course of her life she underwent 35 operations associated with it and was in pain for most of her adult life. For the last 15 years of her life her health steadily declined. In 1950 she was admitted to hospital with gangrene. She spent nine months hospitalised and though she continued to paint and remain involved in political causes, that period of her work is reflective of her suffering. Sadly later that year that leg was amputated.

Battling depression, she became increasingly dependent on alcohol and pain killers. Fearing she may not have long to live, Mexican photographer Lola Alvarez Bravo staged her first solo art exhibition. Warned by doctors not to leave her bed, Frida surprised everyone by turning up to the opening in an ambulance and being carried in by stretcher.

In 1954 she wrote in her diary of wanting to kill herself. She died that year at age 47, and the official cause of death was pulmonary embolism, however it is suspected that she committed suicide.

She is famous for her self-portraits which frequently depict physical or psychological wounds. She and Diego never had children despite trying and a number of her works focus on her inability to have children. Although most renown for her self portraits, of her 143 paintings, only 55 of them are self portraits.

Mexico has declared the work of Frida Kahlo a national heritage and it is prohibited to export her art. Her work Roots holds the auction record for the highest Latin art.
The term Fridamania has been coined to describe the interest there is Frida Kahlo and her works. Her life and art have inspired merchandise, trends in fashion and a multi-million dollar movie based on her life starring Salma Hayek, titled Frida.


Each year young women on the verge of womanhood discover Frida and her art; a woman who despite a life of pain transformed this into beautiful art. Frida Kahlo today is a feminist icon and symbol for women for women the world over.

“I suffered two grave accidents in my life…One in which a streetcar knocked me down and the other was Diego.” “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.” -Frida Kahlo

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Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets

BEACH GADGETS

BEACH GADGETS

Be prepared at the beach with these helpful gadgets that make your life easier and more enjoyable.

Worry-Free Jamming
ECOXPRO Waterproof Case

This durable waterproof case for smart phones also doubles as a speaker. Not to mention, has pockets to store credit cards, license, etc. The ECOXPRO is a useful gadget to jam out to on the beach OR float next to you in the water while protecting your phone from the elements.

Sand-free Dream
CGear Sand-Free Tote

This is every person’s dream at the beach…
Are you ready for it?
A sand-free bag for the beach! Are you tired of having sand everywhere or worried about it ruin your phone, in the lunch you brought, getting all over your car, or in your house? Also, it is durable with extra-strength straps for cans of soda or beer *wink* and an ocean-themed pattern which is aesthetically pleasing.


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S’well Textiles Collection Water Bottle

Stay hydrated, look cool, and help others all in one water bottle by S’well. S’well water bottles have absolutely beautiful hand-painted pastel marble designs AND the best part is when you buy a S’well bottle, some of the proceeds go to helping provide clean water and sanitation to communities in-need in Africa. Also, if it couldn’t get any better, a S’well bottle keeps a beverage cold for up to 24 hours.

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Liquid Image Model 305 Hydra Series HD 720P

This high-tech dive mask has an HD camcorder to shoot wide-angle footage in high definition with audio, can capture still images, continuous shots, and waterproof 130 ft under. Take the plunge with the liquid image model 305 Series HD 720P.

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WakaWaka Charger

Do you get anxiety when your phone battery gets low? The WakaWaka charger is compact and light to solar charge your phone to full charge in two hours. The key is to make sure the WakaWaka Charger soaks in sun rays to solar panel or charge with a USB before going out. It also comes with a beacon light for emergencies. But the best part is that for every WakaWaka Charger you buy, another is sent to a family in-need in the Philippines.

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Vacay Reads

What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for

What’s better than your feet in the sand, a refreshing drink by your side, and a good book to read? Here are our top picks for vacation reads for the beach, mountains, or wherever you may journey. There are different themes for all: whether you are in a light-hearted chick flick mood, an intense on-the-edge of your seat thriller, a child-told fantasy book, or an emotional book about internal struggles of living in this chaotic world. Read on to find out which book grabs your attention the most for a great holiday read.

The Rumor
By Elin Hilderbrand
Are you looking for a laid-back beach read? If chick flicks are your guilty pleasure movies, then try The Rumor a book about two best friends, Madeline and Grace who go on double dates for the summer drinking cocktails at sunset, but a rumor arises and changes everything. The rumor snow balls and the question is… will their friendship ever be the same?


Girl on the Train
By Paula Hawkins
Girl on the Train is a psycho thriller that will make you question the lives of others.
Rachel has recently gone through a loss and one way she copes is seeing the happiness in a suburban house that she passes on her morning commute. She only has about a minute to glance at the loving family before her train moves on but she is content.
Something drastically changes when Rachel witnesses something in that small moment of time and wonders if she should tell the police what she saw. From then on she is immersed and may be hindering rather than helping.
Girl on the Train is a thriller you won’t want to put down.


Room
By Emma Donoghue
Room is a place of love and comfort for Jack, but for his ma, it’s prison; a place she has been trapped for seven years by Old Nick. With Ma’s strong urge for Jack to live a better life, she concocts a plan to escape. But did Ma think about what happens after they do escape and what other world is out there?
Room is a brilliant book of fear, resilience, and bond. Did we mention, the book is told from the perspective of five year old Jack.


Where are you Bernadette
By Maria Semple
Bernadette is bold, blunt, and outspoken. She’s a revolutionary architect and mother/best friend to fifteen year old Bee.
They live in Seattle and the people and atmosphere has become too much for Bernadette and overtime has developed agoraphobia. However, Bernadette had promised Bee a trip to Antarctica if she received an “A” on her report card and as a matter of fact, Bee did, but Bernadette has disappeared.
Bee goes on a search for her mom and has to face the world head on.

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DID YOU KNOW?

There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists?

There are tons of talented singers in this world, but did you know that some singers have written top hits for other famous artists? Not all singers are songwriters, but Sia is an extraordinarily talented singer AND songwriter who is known for her incredible voice and mysteriously hidden face has written top hits for other artists. Be surprised and check out the list of songs below Sia has written from vulnerable lyrics to vocally challenging and catchy choruses.

Top Songs Sia Wrote:

“Expertease (Ready, Set, Go)” by Jennifer Lopez

“Opportunity” by Quvenzhané Wallis

“Diamonds” by Rihanna

“Making the Most of the Night” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Chasing Shadows” by Shakira

“Get Over U” by Neon Hitch

“Blank Page” by Christina Aguilera

“Brightest Morning Star” by Britney Spears

“My Heart Is Open” by Maroon 5 featuring Gwen Stefani

“Double Rainbow” by Katy Perry

“Kiss Me Once” by Kylie Minogue

“Battlefield” by Lea Michele

“Boy Problems” by Carly Rae Jepsen

“Perfume” by Britney Spears

“Pretty Hurts” by Beyoncé


More Songs Written by Sia:

– “Godzillionaire” by Brooke Candy

– “Guitars and Microphones” by Kate Pierson

– “We Are One (Ole Ola)” by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Claudia Leitte

– “Pop Rock” by Brooke Candy

– “Matrix” by Kate Pierson

– “Acid Rain” by Alexis Jordan

– “Any Day Now” by Cheyenne Jackson

– “I Will Get Over You” by Prischilla Ahn

– “These Hands I Hold” by Bo Bruce

– “Gentlemen” by Jessica Sanchez

– “Crush Me With Your Love” by Kate Pierson

– “Bound to You” by Christina Aguilera

– “God Made You Beautiful” by Beyoncé

– “She’s Pretty, She Lies” by Cheyenne Jackson

– “Freeze You Out” by Marina Kaye

– “Rise Up” by Beyoncé

– “Knock You Out” by Bingo Players

– “Don’t Look at Me” by Cheyenne Jackson

– “Kill, F—k, Marry” by Nikki Williams

– “Rock Bottom” by Marco Mengoni

– “Unite” by Jessie J

– “Bottoms Up” by Kate Pierson

– “Stronger Than Ever” by Christina Aguilera

– “You’re Mine” by Lea Michele

– “Opulence” by Brooke Candy

– “Mister Sister” by Kate Pierson

– “Break the Walls” by Fitz and the Tantrums

– “Strange Birds” by Birdy

– “Radioactive” by Rita Ora

– “Round Your Little Finger” by Katharine McPhee

– “Tears Fall” by Jacquie Lee

– “Breathe” by Jessie J

– “Firecracker” by Cheryl

– “You Don’t Know” by Will Young

– “The Game” by Kelly Rowland

– “You Lost Me” by Christina Aguilera

– “Bring Your Arms” by Kate Pierson

– “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)” by Ne-Yo

– “All I Need” by Christina Aguilera

– “Green Card” by Oh Land

– “Standing on the Sun” by Beyoncé

– “Invincible” by Kelly Clarkson

– “Loved Me Back to Life” by Celine Dion

– “Utopia” by Belinda

– “Time Wave Zero” by Kate Pierson

– “Flashlight” by Jessie J

– “Cannonball” by Lea Michele

– “Who Am I?” Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Quvenzhané Wallis

– “I Am” by Christina Aguilera

– “If You Say So” by Lea Michele

– “Let Your Tears Fall” by Kelly Clarkson

– “I Am Me” by Willow

– “The City’s Yours” by Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis

– “Try Everything” by Shakira

– “Passenger” by Britney Spears

– “Pulls You Under” by Kate Pierson

– “Sexercise” by Kylie Minogue

– “Throw Down the Roses” by Kate Pierson

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