Ladies, Here Is Why Frida Kahlo Should Be Your Icon

Ladies, Here Is Why Frida Kahlo Should Be Your Icon

What COULDN'T this woman do?

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Frida Kahlo is not only known for her artistic accomplishments, confronting topics of gender equality, miscarriages, physical ailments, and tumultuous heartbreak. Her rebellious and feminist views were ahead of her time, and one can't help but wonder how she and her views would fit into the feminist values and women's rights movements in our society.

Women have substantially struggled to gain the rights they deserve, trying to break an ongoing stereotype that they should be subjugated to the role of the housewife; seen and unheard. Coming from an upper-middle-class family in Mexico, Frida fearlessly attacked the patriarchal gender roles of the early 1900s, dressing in boy's clothes at school and in family photos, paving the way for androgyny. The self-portraits she shamelessly painted dressed in male clothing are synonymous with a depiction of exaggerated facial hair, a taboo completely considered un-ladylike. She created her own style in contrast to the trends which spread like wildfire across the world.


Kahlo developed her own style through flow colorful dresses in contrast to the tight, form-fitting dresses of the early 1900s farm6.staticflickr.com


Despite the disturbing appearance of some of her paintings, Kahlo used art as a platform to publicize the angst women felt to bring awareness and normalization. Forbidden topics regarding female intimacy were explored very explicitly in her art to exercise nonconformity to the patriarchy. She endured immense challenges throughout her life from the beginning, being disabled by polio, enduring a death-defying bus crash, a tumultuous marriage full of miscarriages and lesbian affairs. Despite her physical and emotional strife, she maintained her sense of self, proving to be an inspiration to women everywhere to this day.


Unconventional beauty was a signature aspect in Kahlo's art farm2.staticflickr.com


Kahlo did not cease to challenge religious and political norms, as she was an avid atheist in a Catholic country, as well as an active member of the Communist party and devout patriot to the extent that she changed her birth year to go with the Mexican Revolution. This lead to a sense of empowerment being instilled within women to use their voice politically and question the ideas that they belong in the house and are to be left unheard.

The modern wave of feminism we live in has given women the liberty to not feel ashamed of their identity- resulting in a newfound appreciation of natural beauty, with models embracing androgyny, body hair, curves, stretch marks, and disabilities. Women are under a much weaker sense of pressure to be a subordinate to the male figures. The stigma against topics such as abortion, equal pay, and sexuality are diminishing rapidly with the masses of empowered women using their voices. Women are persistent in being heard politically, with female politicians, serving as a reminder that the hard work of women has paid off and continues to pave the way for developments.

Nothing stops the modern woman from persisting and resisting the limits imposed by society, just like nothing stopped Frida Kahlo, who continues to serve as an inspiration for women's rights. She gave women the inspiration they needed to have the confidence to keep fighting, and it is safe to assume that she would be proud of the accomplishments her sisters have made.

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I'm A Christian Girl And I'm Not A Feminist, Because God Did Not Intend For Women To Be Equals

It is OK for me to not want to be equivalent with a man.

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To start off, I am not writing this to bash feminists or get hate messages. I am simply writing this to state why I do not perceive myself as a feminist.

March is International Women's Month and that is what has got me thinking about how I view myself as a young woman in the 21st century. I enjoy every day getting to soak up the world as a young lady, particularly in the South.

If you know me, then you know that I love and utterly adore Jesus. He is so perfect. He is everything. He is my whole life. Some people might say that I am a "Bible-thumper" or someone who has had too much Kool-aid and maybe I am, but I know who my Creator is and that He died for me, and that is all that matters.

In my young age, I loved to just sit in church with my parents and absorb all that God would deliver. As I have grown up, I have ventured off and joined a church that is different than my parents, so the responsibility falls more on me, but I love that. Since this era of independence began, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking ownership of my faith.

I spend a lot of time chatting with God, worshipping Him in all kinds of ways, and just diving deeper into His Word. Through all of this growth as a Christian, I have learned a lot, but something I have learned is a concept that some may not agree with, which does not surprise me.

I do not believe God meant for women and men to be equal.

There, I acknowledged the elephant in the room.

It is a shocker, I know, but I have some Biblical evidence to back up this belief that I have.

Let us begin in Genesis. God created man and then he created woman. This was two separate occurrences and order is key. He created Adam and then Eve.

Jesus treated women with grace and kindness, do not get me wrong. I mean just look at how He treated the woman at the well, the one who used all of her expensive perfume to cleanse His feet and not to mention His own biological mother! He has a truly unique place in his heart for women, but He also has special intentions for us in the world and in the family setting.

We are to submit to our husbands.

We are to be energetic, strong, and a hard worker.

We are to be busy and helpful to those in need.

We are to be fearless.

All of this is explicitly laid out by God in Proverbs 31.

We are not to be equal to our male counterparts. Jesus does not lay out the Proverbs 31 man, but He rather lays out the Proverbs 31 woman.

A husband or man is to be the head of the household as Christ is to the church.

A man is to love a woman so deeply that represents how he loves himself.

A man is to leave his father and mother.

Women and men are not equal in God's eyes, but they each represent Him in their own ways that the other needs.

If we were all equal, we would not need one another and therefore we would not need God. I am so thankful that we were not created equal. I am so thankful that God is so great that He could not just create only man or woman to represent His image. He is so perfect.

So, you see I am not a feminist, and it is OK.

It is acceptable for me to have this belief that God intended for men to lead women. It is also okay for people to have differing opinions. Writing this was not easy, but I know that not all people agree.

To feminists and those that are not, you are allowed to believe whatever you wish but have evidence to back it up.

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18 Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands That You Need In Your Makeup Bag Right Now

Because testing on animals is so last year.

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Because testing on animals is so last year.

1. Urban Decay

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The verdict is still out on this one. Their parent company still tests on animals (L'Oreal) but they are cruelty-free and Leaping-Bunny certified.

2. Too Faced

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A company owned by Estee Lauder that really is committed to giving you everything cruelty-free and vegan friendly. Their brushes are synthetic and let's not forget they have on the the best mascaras on the market.

3. Milk

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They offer some great staples and are more of a "quick" makeup brand. They are more focused on the natural look and offer some amazing products to help you achieve it.

4. Kat Von D

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Talk about a versatile makeup line. She has some out there shades and some great neutrals. She keeps her line fairly-priced and don't forget about that tattoo cover-up!

5. Tarte

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A brand we all know and love. Tarte offers some great products that are not only cruelty-free but free from parabens, synthetic fragrance, petrochemicals, GMOs, and gluten.

6. BareMinerals

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Another company who's parent parent company isn't cruelty free (Shiseido) but is still an amazing brand. The mineral powders feel light on your face and they have branched out into a few other products too.

7. Lush

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While they don't make a lot of makeup they make some great products for your skin to help with your makeup. A huge plus with them is that everything smells really nice.

8. ELF

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Can you say affordable? They offer a wide variety of products, that only continue to grow, and will stay on all day long. With this brand you definitely get more than what you pay for.

9. Milani

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A brand that has recently been reviewed by beauty guru Jeffree Star, and approved. They offer a wide variety of shades in lipsticks that will last you all day.

10. Physicians Formula

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Finally a makeup line that is allergen friendly. Most of their products avoid using things that cause people with sensitive skin breakouts and other issues. One of the crowd favorites are their Shimmer Bricks which you can use as highlighters or eye shadows.

11. Wet n Wild

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While they make some great products at a great price, you sometimes get what you pay for. They do offer some fun lip colors and other items in some out there colors as well.

12. Nyx

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Their lip colors, especially the matte lip creams, are amazing.

13. Pixi

Some serious quality in their formulas and it is carried at Target? Literally every girls dream.

14. Pacifica

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As a brand they are vegan and "greener" than most other companies. Outside of makeup they have some great skin care from lotions to sunscreen.

15. Colourpop

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A brand that makes some great eye shadows in a wide variety of colors AND different finishes?? How could you not like them?

16. Ben Nye

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Great products. Awesome pigmentation. Lots of fun colors to play with.

17. Covergirl

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A great go to drug store brand that has been around for a while. Personally I am a big fan of their lipsticks and that's what I love most but their makeup will last you all day and you won't feel like you have so much on.

18. Jeffree Star

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Let's talk top of the line makeup brands. He has made some AMAZING products and they aren't overpriced like you see some celebrities doing these days. He offers a wide variety of products and for sure has at least one thing you will love.

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