Frida Kahlo is famous for a
lot of things – her art, her feminist and political activism and her unibrow. We
know a lot about her work, but don’t really know anything about
how she maintained her bold beauty statement. That is, until now.
Victoria & Albert Museum
in London is opening up an exhibit this summer showcasing the Mexican artist’s personal
artifacts. On top of jewelry, clothes and medicines, it will also include the
makeup she used daily.
Along with a Revlon lipstick
(Everything’s Rosy by Revlon, to be exact) and blush, the selection also
includes the Revlon ebony eyebrow pencil Kahlo used to create her signature
monobrow. It was with this one little product that she was able to create a
look that broke the mold and helped her find her most authentic self.
the real material evidence of the way Kahlo constructed her identity,” Claire Wilcox,
the senior curator of fashion at V&A, told The Guardian.
It may seem like these
artifacts are just some small, insignificant makeup items, but like her art and
work in activism, they show how this inspiring woman made a stand to be
herself. That’s not insignificant at all.