For those of you who don’t know who Frieda Khalo is, let’s recap on a quick history lesson.
Khalo was a Mexican painter who is best known for her self-portraits (and those thick brows). Her work is remembered for its “pain and passion”, and its vibrant, intense colours which can be easily recognised. I drew inspiration from this cultural icon because of her beautiful artworks that are always full of tropical colours, fresh blooms, and of course that braided hair.
How I achieved this look:
Tying my hair into two pigtails, I decided to braid the sarong into my hair with multiple techniques of twisting and winding around the base of each pony tail. I clipped the braided hair and sarong together as you would for a braid crown. I then added faux flowers and my cute head piece from The Ramp Store that I’ve had for a while but just didn’t find a fitting look for it. My brows were filled in quite heavily (I know Frieda would approve), and the rest of my makeup was kept quite soft with a pop of red for the lips. I used Rimmel London’s Provocalips in “Kiss Me You Fool” which I reviewed previously (click here to view).
Lisa did such an amazing job at capturing my idea and bringing it to life in these shots. I wanted a vibrant feel, rich in life and colour, while focusing on the detail of the headpiece.
This is a tricky, but totally worth it way of rocking a sarong. What do you think of the way I challenged the norm?
Thank you Billabong SA for the challenge 😉
Photographer: Lisa Gabriel
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