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Finding Frida Kahlo in modern times

Frida Kahlo is one of Internet’s favourite feminist icons. In honour of her 63rd death anniversary this week (July 13), we get you five Indians who’ve inculcated her undying spirit in their work and lives today

brunch Updated: Jul 08, 2017 23:04 IST
Pragya Sharma
Inspired by Frida, poet Harnidh Kaur dressed up like the icon herself in a photo series
Inspired by Frida, poet Harnidh Kaur dressed up like the icon herself in a photo series

Model model

Sushant Panchal, photographer

Mumbai-based, Sushant Panchal, shot a Frida photo series with a male model, Saurabh Saple. Taking a cue from her unrestricted spirit, he says, “The modern Frida is not restricted by the definition of gender. Fierce and unpredictable, she taught me to stick to my vision.”

Insta love

Jaishree Garg, illustrator and writer

Jaishree Garg, 26, imagined Frida to be her wild yet vulnerable friend in her Instagram project, Letters to Frida. The illustrations show Frida’s impact on her life. “I love her work because I find her strange like me,” she says.

Finding Frida

Harnidh and Sukhnidh Kaur, poet and artist

The Kaur sisters have been inspired by Frida and in a photo series, Harnidh dressed as Frida while Sukhnidh was the photographer. Harnidh says, “Unless you’re true to your reality and perspective, you’re dishonest to your art. Frida stands for that.”

Fashion forward

Jayesh Sachdev, founder, Quirkbox

Bringing Frida to fashion stores is e-commerce portal, Quirkbox. Its founder, Jayesh Sachdev followed Frida’s works and launched a line inspired by her. “Frida’s tenacity, solidarity and passion are the traits I find in myself and yearn for too,” he says.  

Bagging it

Rini Agarwal, accessory designer at O’Frida

Rini Agarwal, accessory designer at O’Frida Delhi-based Rini adds Frida’s trademark elements to her line of accessories, for women. Rini says, “Frida embodies everything I long to be − free, fearless and a fervent dreamer. My label is based on this ideology.”

From HT Brunch, July 9, 2017

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