photo: Daniela Vesco, Vivala

On July 6, 1907 a Latina feminist icon and one of Mexico's greatest artists was born in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, or simply as she would be known Frida Kahlo, suffered several life-altering events early on that would influence many of her most acclaimed artworks. At six, Kahlo contracted polio, and at 18 she was severely injured on a bus when it crashed with a streetcar. During her recovery from the accident, the teen painted her first self-portrait. And then she went on to broach taboo issues like miscarriages and suicide. While she was also well known for marrying the famous muralist Diego Rivera, Kahlo's legacy of deeply personal, graphic, surrealist paintings continue to have a lasting effect. She might even be more popular now than ever.