5 things you didn't know about Frida Kahlo

"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"  Frida Kahlo

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an artist as your full-time job? 

A very special woman named Frida Kahlo did and at a time when it was much more difficult for women to earn there own living. 

I want you to imagine Mexico in the 1920's and you are a very very brave and loud girl going to school. Are you ready? 


1. Frida Kahlo was disabled. Many people know she became disabled in bus accident but few people know that she suffered from Polio when she was six years old, having damage to her leg.

2. Frida was bullied by classmates because of her leg and called "peg leg." 

3. In the early 1920's Frida began to help her father who was a photographer. She was later an apprentice (a student helper) to a print maker. 

4. In the 1940's Frida became an art teacher. When she was not well enough to go to Mexico City for classes she would teach from her home. 

5. In 1953 Frida Kahlo was given her first solo art show. This meant she was the only artist exhibited! Frida was told she was too ill to leave her bed so she went in her bed! Frida had her bed put on a truck and carried into the gallery! 


When Diego met Frida and she asked him what he thought of her paintings he told her that she MUST paint for the rest of her life. 

What do you love to do? What must you make sure you do for the rest of your life to be happy? 

Frida (English Language Edition)
By Jonah Winter

Miss Mabel recommends Frida by Jonah Winter for further reading.