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Ashley Stickley
Public Speaking

Thesis: I am here to inform you on the personal and professional life of Frida Kahlo.

Personal Life
1) Frida Kahlo was born July 6, 1907 but later on made her birth date July 6, 1910. Frida changed the year she was born because she wanted to be born the year the Mexican Revolution began. She called herself “the daughter of the Mexican Revolution.” It made Frida feel like she was part of modern Mexico (Women’s Artists. 13). 2) At age six Frida was diagnosed with polio and trophic ulcers. This disease forced her to lie in bed for a year. The result of this disease was that her right leg was shorter and thinner than the left. Frida was very self-conscious about it because she walked with a little limp and she would try covering it up by wearing long skirts and boots. The trophic ulcers were with her throughout her entire life but they didn’t affect her until the year before Frida died (Women’s artists 17). 3) At age fifteen, Frida was sent to National Preparatory School to further her education. Frida was very involved and interested in science and medicine. It was here when she decided she was going to go to medical school to become a doctor. Later on Frida decided she wasn’t going to be a doctor, however, she continued studying in biology and physiology, which would help her when she would become an artist (Women’s artist 17 and 18). 4) In 1925 Frida was in a bus accident that changed her life forever. The impact of the bus and the trolley car crashing, forced a metal handrail to snap and go through Frida’s rear end, and come out through her vagina. Frida was then thrown through the window of the bus, her clothes were ripped off, and she was left in the street. She broke many bones and told the doctor “the metal handrail took her virginity.” This traumatic accident made Frida have many psychic and physical consequences (Women’s artist 18). 5) Frida had a horrible marriage that she couldn’t escape. Frida...
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