Frida Kahlo Gets a Totally Unnecessary Cover Girl Makeover

Apparently it's hard to look at natural beauty.

By Jamilah King Nov 15, 2013

UPDATE November 19 at 1:05pm EST: The "makeover" was apparently done by a Tumblr user with the handle "toonsketchbook." The user alisonofagun, who reposted it and was incorrectly attributed as the original artist, has issued a statement condemning the makeover. 


An artist on Tumblr took issue with one of Frida Kahlo’s iconic self-portraits and decided to give it a totally unncessary makeover. Here’s the original:

The original artist’s statement was captured by Tumblr user alisonofagun:

"Okay so I know this is kinda taboo but anyways.

Frida Kahlo: Not too easy on the eyes. I mean she’s got the lady-mo and the monobrow thing going on. She didn’t know where to put her blush or what shade lipstick would obviously suit her skin tone. Really, she’s a bit of a wreck. So this got me to thinking. What would have happened if her girlfriends had done the right thing and taken her to a beautician, (which clearly needed to happen)? I did a subtle re-paint over the top of her original self-portrait to "conceptualize" what it would have looked like if she had been whisked off to Beauty Works or the likes….I didn’t want to alter the integrity of the original painting too much. What do you reckon?"

Here’s the re-make:

Needless to say, not everyone on Tumblr was pleased with the makeover. Buzzfeed rounded up some of the responses, one of which read: "Kahlo’s eyebrows and mustache were a purposeful rejection of white colonizer standards of beauty; she didn’t just leave them on her face the way they grew, she groomed them and darkened them with makeup. Her appearance was beautiful, and it was intentional."