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Frida Kahlo Launches Makeup Collection . . . From the Afterlife!

I have, uh, grave feelings about this makeup and skincare collection. The Frida Kahlo line has launched, complete with a boutique in Staten Island. Kahlo, a Mexican painter whose work is appreciated by art historians and feminists alike, has inspired the collection of mineral makeup, body lotions, and antiaging and antiwrinkle face creams.

Frida died in 1954, and recently the Kahlo family granted the name and image rights to Naturals Skin Care, the company that developed the line. The CEO, Antonio Sciortino, spent time reading Kahlo's private journals before developing the line. "Reading her letters was a life-changing experience for me. She was very much into
aromatherapy herself — mixing and creating her own makeup and lotions," he said.

While I think it's cool that a unibrowed, mustachioed woman is being hailed as a beauty icon, I can't help but think that Frida herself wouldn't love the commercial aspect of this brand. (After all, she was a communist.) What do you think of this endeavor? If you're an art aficionado, would you add any of these products to your permanent collection?


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bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Strange... I don't think I'll be buying any of that stuff. And it's really quite bizarre to see Frida's face as a logo (normally you get Victorian-looking types...)
halo0073 halo0073 9 years
Think I will go out and get some. It will go nicely with the Van Gogh earrings I just picked up. Earring rather. This is an odd one for sure. Unless it's just about the aromatherapy part that she loved.
prettypopj prettypopj 9 years
strange x
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
As an artist who loves Frida's work, I seriously doubt that she would endorse this herself if she were still alive. Oiye, is nothing sacred anymore?
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
It's kind of a stretch using an artist to hock skin care. Next up: Marc Chagall perfume.
mamalizzie mamalizzie 9 years
awwww ..... now why'd they have to go and do that to poor frida's legacy ..... come on now ...
Beauty Beauty 9 years
DaddysDarlin, I'm sorry if you read disdain into my comments about Friday's monobrow and moustache. I was being serious. I think those aspects of her appearance were subversive, and she was a beautiful and strong woman. Plus, considering the narrow ideals of beauty that we live with in mass media, I'm all for a disabled bisexual monobrowed woman being appreciated for her out-of-the-ordinary beauty. I just think the marketing is odd, and my guess is that she wouldn't be a big fan. (Now if she had been a Pop artist, that would have been a different story...)
SaritaR SaritaR 9 years
Intriguing. Not sure what she would think to tell you the truth.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 9 years
i don't think she'd like it too much, but who knows? also i can't knock her family for their choices. i don't know how wealthy they are, but maybe they gave a lot of thought to selling her name. Maybe they just want to make sure their grandchildren live comfortably. Certainly there are some still alive who knew her personally. They'd be the best to decide.
rockd_out_vxn rockd_out_vxn 9 years
on a side note, Did you know that Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter live in separate houses connected by a bridge the way Frida and Diego did?
gigill gigill 9 years
i think it's an odd choice for a makeup/skincare range spokesperson.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Capitalist consumerism... I didn't find the unibrow comment contemptuous...
htiduj htiduj 9 years
yeah i think she's rolling in her grave right now. its not just about the communism as much as the consumerism. playing off her name and fame as a great artist to sell a beauty product just strikes me the wrong way. especially since its not like she gave them permission. it just feels wrong.
indielove indielove 9 years
that's weird but i love Frida.
Monoka Monoka 9 years
yes, well, being mexican, and knowing everithing about frida i definitly think se would not like
caryatid caryatid 9 years
yeaaaaah... frida probably wouldn't be thrilled.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
oh goodness, as an art/art history lover myself don't think frida would be too happy of this. i remember those Che Guevara shirts. :OY:
kimmbot kimmbot 9 years
It probably wouldn't jive with her anti-capitalist beliefs, but if her name's used honourably, I wouldn't see a problem with it, personally. However, she doesn't deserve to be transformed into a capitalist icon... Che Guevara, anyone?
DaddysDarlin DaddysDarlin 9 years
I really don't think we've come very far accepting those whose heritage is perhaps different. When you say things like you think its cool a woman with a unibrow and mustache can be known as a beauty queen, your contempt is quite clear. When we begin to accept women as sisters in this world, no matter what you think of as beautiful physically, we can begin to accept ourselves and appreciate what God gave us.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artists. This makeup collection makes me uneasy. May she rest in peace.
desodaro desodaro 9 years
I have a feeling she is pissed somewhere about this...
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 9 years
Next up; Kurt Cobain´s sugar free diet product line? Come on... No, this is milking it like the Ché image you have seen non stop everywhere since 2002, and most people who wear him don´t even know a thing about him. People who love and respect Frida´s legacy would never buy that, it is just another face for an add, a very dead one that cannot defend herself. Too bad her family sold her name... It is wishful to think family would respect you enough to not sell your name like that.
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
I don't know if I would buy these products. I agree that I don't think that Frida would be totally thrilled about the line... :-/
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I wouldn't buy it - It just seems so odd
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Interesting! I'm always willing to try out new products.
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