Hotty from History #34 - Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954)
Oh, sweet Frida, how hard it is to do justice to your supreme hottiness in a blog as essentially superficial as this.
Frida painted pain and passion in intense vibrant colours and is noted for her uncompromising depictions of the female experience. Although bed ridden due to a road accident for much of her life, Frida managed to paint with such vivid flair that she attracted the attention of many of her Mexican contempories. She married the rather unattractive muralist Diego Rivera, who was 20 years her senior. Luckily for the bohemian characters of Mexico, Frida had no qualms with adultery, and had numerous affairs, including one with Cabaret goddess Josephine Baker.
She has been described as a ‘tequila slamming, dirty-joke telling smoker’ who ‘hobbled about her bohemian barrio in lavish indigenous dress’. This is an attractive image. If time travel is ever invented, a Frida Kahlo party is going at the top of my list. Apparently Trotsky was a fan. So much so that they seduced each other and had an affair whilst Trotsky was staying at Frida and her husband’s home.
- Here are some final facts that elevate her to hotty status: She had a bright blue house. She was openly bisexual in the Golden Age (and beyond), a good time to be fluid with one’s sexuality. She was depicted in film form by Salma Hayek.
- I leave you with this gem of a Kahlo quote: “I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”