Dressing up as Frida Kahlo

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A few weeks ago, ahead of FRIDA – Female Revolution in Dance & Art, I got “unibrowed”, moustached, red lippied and dressed up as the legend Frida Kahlo for the International Women’s Month event. Or rather, as Frida Kahlo in a selection of her self-portraits.

The photos, which are part of the ongoing exhibition, were taken by Bumi Thomas, whose philosophy is about “transcending cultural boundaries and subverting realities with abstract constructs using photography and music as her mediums of exploration.” Visit her site and while there, listen to “Free as a Bird”. You’ll love it. Or just scroll down to listen.

Our stylist was Curiosly Kat and make-up is by Mollie Balogun a.k.a. Naija Runs Girl

The other Frida is Pia Cabble, the woman whose concept and effort made the memorable night  – and  we even had a mini Frida Kahlo as you will see below.

What do you think of our Frida tribute photo shoot?


2 Fridasb Dressing up as Frida Kahlo

© Bumi Thomas Photography

FRIDA 4b Dressing up as Frida Kahlo

© Bumi Thomas Photography

FRIDA 3b Dressing up as Frida Kahlo

© Bumi Thomas Photography

FRIDA 5 b Dressing up as Frida Kahlo

© Bumi Thomas Photography

FRIDA 7 bb Dressing up as Frida Kahlo

© Bumi Thomas Photography

Paintings that were used as inspiration herehere and here

© Bumi Thomas Photography


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    • MsAfropolitan

      Bumi’s song? Indeed…

  • James Chikonamombe

    Aha! Nice pics.

    • MsAfropolitan

      Thanks James

    • MsAfropolitan

      Likewise Mollie! Thanks x

  • estha

    Your photographs are very impressive. I remember Frida Kahlo as one of the first art exhibitions I have visited. Must bave been in the 90s. She encouraged me to just draw, without hesitations, including everything that matters in my head. At the moment I would like to talk to John Lennon. … I surf the internet and get to your website a few clicks later.
    So you kind of worship Frida, I guess. So much that you want to be with her..that you actually transform into her.

    • MsAfropolitan

      Err, worship in the mildest meaning of the word! Thanks for the compliment.

  • http://festivalking.wordpress.com festivalking

    Absolutely love the pictures! They carry such energy! …Who knows, maybe its the ghost of Frida Kahlo ;)

    • MsAfropolitan

      Thank you!
      We were trying hard to channel her ;)

    • MsAfropolitan

      Thanks Senami!

  • Matt Raya

    What does Frida Kahlo have to do with Black women and their struggle? you could have used an inspirational black female or male who supports and promotes women’s rights. Black women can’t and shouldn’t follow anyone other than ourselves. We’ve been side tracked for too long!! its a shame.

    • Brown Melanic

      Matt, you sound stupid. What does she have to do with BLACK WOMEN???!?! The First Native people in MEXICO are BLACK INDIGENOUS People, you must have never heard of them to make such a stupid as comment. The OLMECS are the first inhabitants and Frida is from MEXICO despite her white blood. Being of color, having Hue, having MELANIN, Melanic people SHE IS and that’s what she has to do with BLACK PEOPLE and PEOPLE OF COLOR WORLDWIDE Struggle. Dammm stfu gtfotp. “We have been side track for too long”, No kidding Dumb Nigga. Yous a shame.

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    • MsAfropolitan

      Thank you Tobe :)

  • Sam Fridafan

    Lol even got the monobrow ;) I love the first pic, though in the original doesn’t she have iv lines in her veins while she holds her arms? Still, very haunting for anyone who ever sampled Frida! Props.

    • MsAfropolitan

      Thanks Sam! Yup, monobrow and all…he he