Kahlo was a Mexican painter and political activist. Her best known artwork includes self-portraits, portraits of chronic pain (from polio, automobile accident, and periods of being bedridden) and colorful folk lore nature and fantasy. Despite her challenges, she had an active social life and was a member of Mexicayoti movement with her famous Mexican artist husband, Diego Rivera. Her poor health caught up with her and she died at the age of 47 in 1954. While a known artist during her life; her fame came when she was rediscovered in the 1970s, and exploded to what it is today after the 1990s.
From the box:
(1907 – 1954)
“I paint my own reality” – Frida Kahlo
Barbie® recognizes all female role models. The Inspiring Women™ Series pays tribute to incredible heroines of their time; courageous women who took risks, changed the rules, and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.
Born in Mexico City in 1907, artist, activist, and feminist icon, Frida Kahlo, was and continues to be a symbol of strength originality, and unwavering passion. Overcoming a number of obstacles to follow her dream of becoming a fine artist, Frida persevered and gained recognition for her unique style and perspective. With her vibrant palette and mix of realism and fantasy, who addressed important topics like identity, class, and race, maker her voice, and the voices of girls and women alike, heard.
Frida Kahlo Barbie® Doll celebrates the groundbreaking achievements, heroism, and long-lasting contributions Frida made in the art world and for women. Her extraordinary life and art continue to influence and inspire others to follow their dreams and paint their own realities.
The Frida Kahlo Barbie comes wearing a floor length Mexican style sleeveless dress. The top part is solid black with a painted flower pattern on the front to resemble embroidery. The skirt is mostly medium blue with small white flowers . Near the bottom of the skirt is a red, yellow, and white zig zag patterned stripe. The bottom is a white on white patterned layered frill. Around the shoulders is a glued on (to upper arm) red satin shawl with matching red 1 inch chainette fringe.
The rooted black hair is styled in a long braided ponytail wrapped into a large bun on the back of the head and adorned with plastic red rose barrette at the top. The jewelry consists of gold plastic hanging earrings and a matching plastic necklace that hangs down below the waist. The eyes are painted light brown with the signature Frida black unibrow. The lips are painted a dark red, as well as an unusual curvy red line painted around and across the nostrils.
The black plastic shoes are baby doll type strapped flat shoes. No underwear, tights, or socks on the doll.
The doll is made for display and is not very articulated. The head moves up and down and twists. The shoulders are ball joints and are slightly restricted by the attached shawl. The elbows bend 90 degrees and wrists bend and twist. The hips move front to back only and not quite 180 degrees. The knees, ankles, and torso are stiff. It is very unusual to have a Barbie with flat feet.
The doll comes with a black base with clear post doll stand and an official Mattel Certificate of Authenticity.
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