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Ways To Pay Homage To Your Culture, Just Like Frida Kahlo Did

There are a lot of important things in life. Familia, good health, and going after your dreams are a few of them – but one of the most important things in the world is staying true to yourself. In 2019, it can sometimes feel hard to stay connected to your roots. 

In celebration of Frida Kahlo’s birthday on July 6th, it is fitting to remember the artist that was famously proud of her heritage and for her unwavering authenticity. We’ve put together a list of ways that you can bring a little bit of your culture into your everyday style, inspired by the incredible Frida Kahlo.

Art, Personalities, pic: circa 1930’s, Frida Kahlo, Mexican born artist/painter (c1907-1954)

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Celebrating Through Hair

Embrace the different hairstyles celebrated in your culture! Frida Kahlo was known for her iconic trenzas – she rocked them as a statement piece and a tribute to her Mexican heritage and upbringing.

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Kahlo drew inspiration from the Mazateca women, the indigenous Mexican people who live North of Oaxaca and just south of Veracruz and Puebla. The Mazateca women are known for their braids and the intricate interweaving of colors. Their braids actually inform others of their marital status. For instance, if a woman wears two braids set back, it means that she’s single and interested in finding a husband. If a Mazatec woman sports a hairstyle that has one braid in the front and one in the back, it means that she’s engaged. If she wears two braids in the front, it means that she’s married and has a family.

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The Mazateca braids also serve a practical purpose. Mazateca women pin their braids over their heads which can help them carry food and water. Drawing inspiration from these historical braids, Kahlo paid homage to her culture by wearing her hair in this particular hairstyle.

Celebrating Through Jewelry

Frida Kahlo is known primarily for her artwork, but she also wore personal jewelry of elaborate, dangling or drop earrings and handmade stone necklaces that continue to be startling and captivating to this day.

In old photographs of the artist, she can be seen wearing Taxco silver jewelry.

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Long before the Spanish arrival, the people of Taxco had been mining and working with silver. The silver mining town is located in the state of Guerrero, southwest of  Mexico City. Famed for its jewelry production and colonial architecture, this city has become one of the most popular destinations in Mexico. In 1929, Taxco entered a modern-day silver jewelry boom, thanks in part to artist William Spratling. Since his time, Taxco’s reputation for gorgeous jewelry and high-class craftsmanship has only flourished.

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Along with Taxco silver jewelry, Kahlo was also seen wearing Huichol jewelry. Huichol jewelry comes from the Huichol people, who hail from Jalisco, Durango, Zacatecas, and Nayarit in Mexico. The jewelry is known for its colorful designs that go back centuries! Each piece created by the Huichol people have spiritual meaning, and many designs come from visions that Shaman experience during religious rituals. They then explain the vision to the craftsman, who creates the works of art. The Huichol people are widely considered to be one of the last surviving pre-Columbian cultures in the entire world.

Celebrating your cultural identity through the jewelry is an incredible way to reconnect with your roots while staying true to your own style.

Celebrating Through Color

The vibrancy in the color of Mexican culture is breathtaking. From stunning stucco architecture to colorful cuisine, flamboyant textiles, and vivid folk art, Mexico is bursting with gorgeous hues.

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Frida’s artwork reflected the vibrancy of Mexican culture – she was continually inspired by her surroundings, using bright shades of red, green, yellow, orange, and blue to create spectacular pieces of art.

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Frida never apologized celebrating her culture through her artwork and use of color. The Frida Kahlo by Ulta Beauty Collection is a new line of makeup inspired by the famous Mexican artist and woman who revolutionized the world with her unique perspective on life and who, to this day, is a true example of strength and pride. Despite the adversity she faced in life, Frida never limited herself or shied away from her dreams. Her art and life are an example of her strength and perseverance.

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Frida Kahlo by Ulta Beauty Collection is a great way to add cultural inspiration into your everyday style!

Celebrating Through Clothing

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Clothing is a huge part of so many cultures. The traditional dress of the Tehuanas was nationally known to be the trademark clothing of the most independent, proud, and fierce indigenous women in Mexico. The Tehuana are a society of women who live in the isthmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca State, Mexico. In this area of Mexico, the women are the primary breadwinner in the family. They’re able to be financially fruitful because they sell their textiles. Because of this, they don’t have pressure to get married and they’re able to get divorced if they want to.

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The intricately embroidered Huipil and skirts were worn by Frida Kahlo quickly became her signature look. The fabric, vibrant color, and intricate embroidery is a work of art in the Tehuana dress.

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The Huipil is a very important part of the Tehuana garb. By just the pattern of the Huipil, you can know the location, social status, family status, and the religious background of the woman who is wearing it. A Huipil can also inform others of the woman’s faith. The Huipil is intricately woven. It’s made of two or three layers of fabric that are connected through embroidery. Then, they’re folded and sewn together – an opening is left in the middle for the head. Each Huipil is different. A woman usually doesn’t have many Huipiles in her life. They can last for up to 30 years! When it’s no longer able to be worn, it’s cut up and used to make carpet or a quilt.

Fashion and beauty are an incredible way to stay connected to your roots and to proudly show off your heritage. Never be afraid to wear your culture with pride and just like Frida Kahlo; never apologize for who you are!