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Caitlin Hu

Frida Kahlo’s corset-cast, Mexico City

Caitlin Hu
By Caitlin Hu


For most of her life, Frida Kahlo wore medical corsets. Because it was Frida, she graffitied and decorated them in defiance of the health problems that crippled her. This one, painted with a hammer and sickle, can be seen at Casa Azul, the Mexico City home she shared with painter Diego Rivera. It’s a cluster of bright buildings and quiet courtyards just around the corner from the couple’s good friends, Leon and Natalia Trotsky.

For more curiosities from our travels, check out our Souvenirs page.