“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.”
― Frida Kahlo
If you know me, you know that I have an unquenchable love for Frida Kahlo. Her story, her strength despite her broken body and broken heart, her talent, her view point and her unapologetic attitude and personality. Frida is just that... Frida. She shares through her portraits a vulnerability that most of us aren't brave enough to explore about ourselves let alone share it with the world. Her story has inspired me to embrace all the parts of myself -- even the weird, dark or scary.
"I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so many people in the world, there must be someone just like me who feels bizarre and flawed in the same ways I do. I would imagine her, and imagine that she must be out there thinking of me too. Well, I hope that if you are out there and read this and know that, yes, it's true I'm here, and I'm just as strange as you."
Its nice to know there are other women out there that feel a little bit cracked from the inside out, that have a few weird quirks and unibrows that grow wild and free. Women that find love, loose love, suffer loss, health problems and discouragement and yet continue to press forward, to make the world around them more beautiful and stand as a beacon of strength for others around them. Lets be bizarre and flawed and beautiful together. Lets let the light enter our cracks, lets beautify the world around us and let our unibrows grow wild (just kidding that's going too far, keep those brows on fleek ladies)
A few years ago I found a few other ladies in the biz that felt love for Frida as well, to collaborate on a shoot in conjunction with her birthday. I wanted to share a few again as her birthday is fast approaching.
- Photo- Miesh Photography
- Model- Misty Lucero
- Hair and Make up: Elise Harris @beautyonthebrain:
- Wardrobe: Mary Ann Horne @muchachamary