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What Would Frida Do? by Arianna Davis

What Would Frida Do?

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Arianna Davis, on your first book!

by Arianna Davis

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What can we learn from Frida Kahlo? This fun, feminist book is both a portrait of the artist and inspirational guide.

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Why I love it

Stephanie Kim
Host, rePEAK podcast

To know Frida Kahlo’s work is to love her. And to live life by her rules is to live boldly.

Author and journalist Arianna Davis first fell in love with Frida as many of us did: watching Salma Hayek’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of the iconic Mexican artist in the 2002 biopic, Frida. But Davis’s first book is so much more than a highlight reel of the artist’s life and work.

Part biography, part love letter, and part how-to guide, What Would Frida Do? both chronicles the rise of “Fridamania”—the cultural obsession with the iconic Mexican artist—since the 1990s and shows the reader how to apply Frida’s fierce feminist ideals to life’s trickiest situations. What would Frida do if she needed to find her inner strength? What would Frida do if she was heartbroken? Readers looking for answers to life’s big questions may find answers by channeling their own inner Frida.

This is one of the most unique and engaging biography-meets-life-guides I’ve ever read. Dip in when you need a bit of inspiration, or read straight through for a complete spiritual reset (which, let’s be honest, we could all use right now). This isn’t just self-improvement, it’s a blueprint for living life as the indomitable Frida Kahlo would live it, through triumphs and heartbreaks alike.

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Revered as much for her fierce spirit as she is for her art, Frida Kahlo stands today as a brazen symbol of daring creativity. She was a woman ahead of her time whose paintings have earned her generations of admirers around the globe. But perhaps her greatest work of art was her own life.

What Would Frida Do? explores the feminist icon's signature style, outspoken politics, and boldness in love and art, even in the face of pain and heartbreak. The book celebrates her larger than life persona as a woman who loved passionately and lived ambitiously, refusing to remain in her husband's shadow. Each chapter shares intimate stories from her life, revealing how she overcame obstacles by embracing her own ideals.

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Get an early look from the first pages of What Would Frida Do?

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  • Harker Heights, TX

    I really didn’t know too much about Frida. She was just the unibrow mustachioed weird artist lady. Arianna obviously not only knows her but admires and loves her. Its obvious in every page of the book

  • Franklin, TN

    As a digital fine artist, I have always loved Frida Kahlo, her life and her art. During health challenges (2-1/2 months of Covid), she has been an inspiration to keep living boldly and creatively.

  • Bell Gardens, CA

    After living through 2020, This was a much needed feel good read! A reminder that we must enjoy the little things every single day. If you enjoy blogs and are curious to learn about Frida, read it.

  • Clemmons, NC

    Like the author, I too have been obsessed with Frida Kahlo since watching Salma Hayek portray her on the big screen. Part memoir, part self help book, this is an enjoyable read for any Frida fan.

  • Lampe, MO

    Such an easy fun read. Other than knowing the bare minimum of who Frida Kahlo is (I think everyone at least knows the likeness) I didn’t know much else. Great quick informative, inspiring read.

  • Lawrence, MA

    Well worth your time to read. Even if you aren’t someone that is interested in art, the life of Frida Khalo is a very interesting one and this book is something you will learn something from.

  • Westminster, CO

    What an easy and quick read. I loved the portrayal of not only Frida but how her ideals and beliefs can be implemented by everyone, everyday to live their own authentic life however they wish.

  • candler, NC

    I love all things Frida and this book gave me another insight into her life and passions. It had lovely facts unknown to me about Frida. “Make love, take a bath, make love again”

  • Mount Pleasant, SC

    Loved this book. Frida was a free spirit and encouraged women to enjoy life. This book will stay on my shelf for days when I need encouragement. May her soul live on through books!

  • Ventura, CA

    This wasn’t a typical book about Frida. Instead, the author helps the reader relate to her on a personal level while also talking about Frida’s influence through the years.

  • Roanoke, VA

    One part biography of Frida Kahlo, one part feminist self-help; all parts awesome. Davis intertwines Frida's life experience with practical advice for living your best life.

  • Dover, NH

    This was such an interesting way to put a book about Frida. I learned a lot and now want to read more about her. My only critique is that it was a bit repetitive at times

  • Stratford, CT

    Such a beautiful book!! I love the way the author told Frida’s story. There’s a message for all at the end of every chapter. Frida was and continues to be an icon.

  • Manassas Park, VA

    I am in love with this book. Frida kahlo has such main character energy. This book is so inspiring, makes you want to be like Frida and live your most authentic life.

  • Frederick , MD

    I have always been a fan of Frida and writing about Frida and this one did not disappoint! The author’s writing was relatable and captivating from page 1! Loved it!

  • Madison, WI

    Not knowing much about this icon, I appreciate the honest voice of the writer and the slightly sardonic and stoic response that the writer imagines Frida would have.


    I much enjoyed the layout of this book, how easy it flowed and the correlation to actual life lessons, if you wilI. Well done and written with care. Viva la Vida!

  • El Paso, TX

    I am a Frida fanatic!!!! This book did not disappoint!!! It was amazing how the contrast and comparison to Frida and the real time was amazing!!!! I loved it!!

  • Superior, CO

    Loved learning more about the interesting life of Frida Kahlo - an informative and fun read! A little repetitive with the facts but would still recommend.

  • San Diego, CA

    I loved this! I now know more about Frida than ever before and I was able to get the information in a fun, digestible form. I’m officially a Frida Fan.