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Frida Kahlo and the birth of Fridolatry

Bitch. Sauvage. Icon. Barbie doll: the grotesque exploitation of Frida Kahlo... and the artist behind the mythsFrida, the unapologetic bitch. Frida, the disabled artist. Frida, symbol of radical feminism. Frida, the victim of Diego. Frida, the chic, gender-fluid, beautiful and monstrous icon. Frida tote bags, Frida keychains, Frida T-shirts, And also, this year’s new Frida Barbie doll (no unibrow). Frida Kahlo has been subject to global scrutiny and commercial exploitation. She has been appropriated by curators, historians, artists, actors, activists, Mexican consulates, museums and Madonna.Over the years, this avalanche has...

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Published By: theguardian.com - Monday, 11 June