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How Frida Kahlo Used Fashion to Make a Statement on Her Othered and Disabled Body

by Michelle McVicker

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Kahlo suffered from two major ailments that affected her lifestyle for the rest of her life. The first was contracting polio at the age of 6 that left her with a shortened right leg, ultimately amputated in 1953. The other, a severe transit accident at the age of 18, broke her collarbone, spinal column, and right foot. As the various examples of footwear, corsets, and prosthetic devices she relied on to physically support her demonstrate, Kahlo gained power from clothing, which she also painted and decorated.

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