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What Would Frida Do? by Arianna Davis

What Would Frida Do?


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by Arianna Davis

Quick take

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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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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Why I love it

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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Member ratings (1,636)

  • Angela T.

    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

  • Cecilia S.

    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.

  • Patricia B.

    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.

  • Brittany G.

    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.

  • CarolLee B.

    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.