This photograph is fascinating. Does it document Frida and Josephine’s first meeting? What did they talk about? There is speculation of an affair between them, but neither claimed the other as a lover.
Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker were uniquely 20th century creations. They were artists and libertines, masters at captivating public interest and subverting cultural norms.
Massive historical events shaped them: the Mexican Revolution for Kahlo and the Great Migration and Paris between the world wars for Baker.
Frida and Josephine live on as icons for outrageous women compelled to be themselves.