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The very first fash­ion edi­to­rial that Su­sana Martínez Vi­dal pub­lished when she was di­rec­tor of ELLE Spain was in­spired by Frida Kahlo. Fast-for­ward 23 years and Martínez Vi­dal is now the au­thor of Frida Kahlo: Fash­ion as the Art of Be­ing, a gor­geous glossy trib­ute to the Mex­i­can artist’s en­dur­ing in­flu­ence on fash­ion, art and pop cul­ture in gen­eral. Here are three things that Martínez Vi­dal says we can all learn from Kahlo (in ad­di­tion to em­brac­ing our uni­brows, of course). WORK WITH WHAT YOU’VE GOT. “Frida put style at her ser­vice and used it to en­hance her virtues and hide her de­fects. Her long dresses hid the de­for­mity of her right leg af­fected by po­lio. She tried to ex­press with clothes what her body could not.” BUT DON’T LET IT LIMIT YOU. “Frida was a vic­tim of fate, not fash­ion. She was one of the first to use some­thing as fem­i­nine as a dress as a fem­i­nist mes­sage of in­de­pen­dence and equal­ity.” IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD. “Her at­ti­tude was her best fash­ion ac­ces­sory. One of the im­ages that moved me most is the one taken by Nick­o­las Mu­ray while she was bedrid­den dur­ing one of her more than 30 op­er­a­tions. She posed ex­pos­ing her back, show­ing the pain of her frac­tured spine; in spite of this, she ex­pressed a curvy sex­i­ness.”

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