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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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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