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Frida Kahlo Viva la Vida

Enduring Icon of Mexican Culture

The Blue house is the place where Frida Kahlo was born; and where she both lived and died.  In this location, a six year old Frida battled against Polio and won the fight. The disease left the dark-skinned and slender girl with a limp when she walked due to shrinking in her right leg, but it did not prevent her from developing a fierce character.

In her youth she was involved in many physical activities like running, wrestling, and swimming, but where she shined brightest was in the field of intellectual competitions, such as debate.

Eventually her intellectual ability and competitive spirit took her into becoming one of only 35 girls who were granted acceptance to the free and prestigious National Preparatory School.

During this school period in Frida’s life, she became part of a group of intellectual bohemians called the “Cachuchas”, or the “Caps”, named in this manner because of the distinct style of hats they wore.

Also during this time was when Frida met her first love; a young, outspoken, and most notable student in the school named Alejandro Gomez Arias. The couple would spend hours upon hours dissecting books and making sense of their time period, which was being defined by the Mexican Revolution. (Continues….)




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