STOP POSTING FAKE NUDE PHOTOS OF FRIDA

A whole new album of several fake Frida photos is out and about on facebook. All of these photos put Frida (as photographed by Imogene Cunningham) on the bodies of white actresses and models: Donnette Thayer, Madonna and Patti Smith. In the case of Smith, the photo is from the cover of the album Horses, as photographed by Maplethorpe. This gross appropriation of the bodies, faces and labor of women, women of color, dis-abled women and gay men is hugely problematic. So just stop doing it.

 

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The original photo of Frida Kahlo, as taken by Immogene Cunningham. Frida is standing, draped in a reboso, a beaded necklace, earrings, her hair pulled back. She wis wearing a pleated skirt. Only her wrists, hands face and neck are showing.
I deliberately am not posting any of the nude fetishistic images on this blog.
There are even those marketing the morphed image on ebay and etsy, stealing both Frida’s image and the work of the original photographers. Shameless!
Her Body Is Not Your Playground by Mia McKenzie http://stfuconservatives.tumblr.com/…

Two images:
1. The original cover photo of Patti Smith, late 70s, she is standing, expressionless, with a white shirt, suspenders, with a black jacket draped over her shoulder. Her mid length black hair, is cut with bangs. Photo by Maplethorpe. Text: Patti Smith Horses
2. The morphed image of Kahlo, imposed on the photo of Smith.

3 responses to “STOP POSTING FAKE NUDE PHOTOS OF FRIDA

  1. emmarosenthal

    Also in response to Rachel Krissinger, the racism in the use of these morphed images has to do with the way brown women’s bodies and racialized women’s bodies are possessed, fantasized and fetishized. Even if her father were Dutch (and not Hungarian, but why let facts get in the way?), the racism is due to her racialization as Mexican, brown and perhaps also Jewish. Membership in more than one group does not mitigate the racism experienced due to membership in one of those groups.

  2. emmarosenthal

    I’m only approving this post because it provides a teachable moment. It violates our guidelines for posts unless it provides a teachable moment.

    THERE IS NO RACIST AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE DUTCH. RACISM IS SYSTEMIC ABUSES OF POWER AND IS ROOTED IN WHITE SUPREMACY.

    That said, Frida was not Dutch, but why let the facts get in the way. Her father was a Hungarian Jew. Frida experienced racism as a Jew especially when she was in Gringolandia. According to her biographer, Hayden Herrera, she and Diego had difficulty finding hotel rooms because of her “Hebrew” heritage.

    I will not be posting any more abuses by this commentator.

  3. Rachel krissinger

    In case you forgot, you racist prick!! Frida was half Dutch!! It ain’t all about color! Sexploitation has been going on from the first ppl on earth. Put a rag in it!

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