3 May 2015
and Frida Khalo
According to one memorial website:
Frida’s mother was unable to breastfeed her because her sister Cristina was born just eleven months after her. She had to be fed by a native Indian wet nurse whom the family hired for that sole purpose but was later fired for drinking on the job. The relationship between them appears distant and cold, reduced to the practical process of feeding. Because it was the adult Frida who had the memory, the baby has an adult head, and because she could not remember her wet nurse’s facial features, she covered her face with a pre-Columbian funerary mask. Frida wrote about this painting saying: “I am in my nurse’s arms, with the face of a grownup woman and the body of a little girl, while milk falls from her nipples as if from the heavens.”
The wet nurse does not embrace nor cuddle Frida… she displays her like a sacrificial offering. The unfurled blank scroll along the lower edge of the painting suggests that Frida thought of it as an “ex-voto” but never inscribed the scroll. In this painting, Frida transformed the “Madonna and Child” mothering image into an expression of loss and separation from her own mother with whom she never really bonded.
Mestiza white passing or not is still mestiza.
Many white Latinos don’t consider other
white Latinos unless their 100% European.
So they’re still looked upon and are not white
Latinos. Their mixed. White Latinos are the
ones who are nothing but European ancestry.
Which in this case Frida wasn’t.
lol thats not even true, but regardless the point is that just because frida had an indigenous ancestor somewhere doesn’t mean that she could take any part of indigenous peoples’ culture as if it belonged to her, or that it wasn’t appropriation for her to dress how she did. thats like white girls who have a cherokee ancestor somewhere down the line wearing headdresses or warpaint or anything else. thats not even getting started on how the whole concept of mestizaje in mexico is a white supremacist ideology
frida was protected by her racial background (mostly white) and class (affluent) from the lived realities that people who were actually from indigenous communities in mexico like poverty, destruction of their culture and communities, and not having access toEDUCATION, healthcare, upward mobility etc. why do u think her family had indigenous women as maids? why do u think she was the only one in her family who dressed like that?
same as how now white chicanas who are completely removed from their indigenous roots, communities, and traditions will wear huipiles at conferences and make academic and art careers off of being “mestizas” (cherrie moraga lol) while women who are actually indigenous in mexico and wear huipiles every day are still subject to extreme poverty, high rates of violence, sexual and otherwise, racism, and will never have access to the same institutions as “mestizas”
honestly how many indigenous women back then do u think had access to expensive long-term medical care like she did, orEDUCATION like she did, or could make careers in art? she gained all the access of whiteness but didnt have to deal with any of the real repercussions of being indigenous
thats the issue, not whether u want to accept that she was a white latina or not
So glad to see this finally being discussed. I recommend the 2000 documentary Blossoms of Fire as an introduction to the culture of the Isthmus Zapotecs of Juchitán in southern Oaxaca, Mexico, from which Frida borrowed so much of her dress and other elements of personal presentation.
she was appropriating
and painted herself darker
in her self-portraits
White girls need to stop using Frida Kahlo for their aesthetic. Stop putting her on phone cases and your T Shirt. She hated capitalism and she hated you.
So you know for a fact that Frida hated all white girls hahahaha so fucking funny huh? why is that funny lol !!!!!! why is any race-related hate funny ????? OH BECAUSE IT IS LOL FUCK EVERYONE OF A SPECIFIC FUCKING RACE YEAH hahahahahhaha so fucking great huh
“I don’t like gringos at all. They are very boring and all have faces like unbaked rolls.” -actual quote by Frida Kahlo
Frida always said how much she hated white people. Go read a book about her!
“Some gringas have even tried to imitate me and want to dress up like ‘mexicans’, but the poor fools look like turnips” – another actual quote by Frida Kahlo
ok but yall know frida was a white mexican right?
her dad was from germany and her mom was a white-passing mestiza, this is them
she was appropriating indigenous clothing and painted herself darker in her self-portraits, but i mean look at her with her family. theyre white latinos
she had indigenous maids and copied their style. so basically she was the first white latina to use mestizaje as an access point to claim indigenous roots she didnt have to pay the social cost for (like a lot of white mexican frida fans today)
like yeah, she talked a lot of shit about gringas, but that doesnt change the fact that she was mostly of european descent herself. and it’s kind of sad/funny that she would be upset at white girls trying to copy her style when she was a white girl copying indigenous style, no crees?