Feminist Icon Frida Kahlo Painted Herself a Legacy
by Layla Sanchez, age 13
Famous painter Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoan, Mexico. Though Kahlo is one of Mexico’s most known and revered painters, she actually didn’t begin her artistic career until after she was gravely injured in a bus accident.
Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon. Her father, Guillermo “Wilhelm” Kahlo, was a German photographer who immigrated to Mexico, where he met and eventually married Kahlo’s mother Matilde. Kahlo also grew up with three sisters: Matilde, Adriana, and Cristina.
At the age of six, Kahlo contracted polio, a very serious disease that causes paralysis. Because of this, she was bedridden for nine months. Though she recovered, the disease damaged Kahlo’s right leg and foot and caused her to limp. Her father suggested that she play soccer, swim, and wrestle to regain her strength. [Read More]