** Challenging beauty ideals : Frida Kahlo and her mono-eyebrow ( cultural heritage )**
Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary explorations in self-portraiture are testament to the fact that, in real life and on canvas, Kahlo considered her image on precisely her own terms, celebrating her features – her Mexican identity, upper lip hair and that striking unibrow.
“I am my own muse. The subject I know best. The subject I want to know better,” she famously declared.
An enduring feminist icon, Kahlo’s unibrow has become shorthand for: “I won’t curb my self-expression to meet your expectations of how a woman should look.” That shock of dark hair on her brow is a statement rejecting stereotypes about what is and isn’t attractive. In March 2018, Mattel revealed its Frida Kahlo Barbie – and people were upset. But this time, the doll’s improbable physical proportions were the least of everyone’s worries. The fact that Kahlo-Barbie’s unibrow was minimized, and no facial hair was visible, was a big point of contention – a dilution that devalued the meaning attached to how Kahlo presented herself in life and art.
Here are four ways to take this “Wabi Sabi” philosophy into everyday life.
1. Savor the present moment. …
2. Embrace your personal story. …
3. Extract learning. …
4. Find beauty in simplicity.
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