AdChoices ARTS & CULTURE 03/17/2017 02:16 pm ET Frida Kahlo’s Many Self Portraits Are Now Emoji, Or Rather, FridaMoji

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Excerpt: The Huffington Post

by Priscilla Frank

Step aside Kim Kardashian, there’s a new emoji queen in town. A set of 160 emoji featuring the stunning face of feminist art icon Frida Kahlo is headed to the App store this month. They’re called FridaMoji, and they’re pretty damn cute.

The emoji are the brainchild of Sam Cantor, a Los Angeles-based gallerist and graphic designer. After previously creating a series of art history emoji featuring artists like Van Gogh, Basquiat and Yayoi Kusama, Cantor sought to hone in on one artist in particular. Kahlo, who devoted her life to creating searing self-portraits that communicated her shifting states of pain, passion, isolation and ambition, was the clear choice.

Frida was just perfect for the project,” Cantor told Artsy in an interview. “She conveyed her emotions so honestly and openly in her work. What better artist to translate into emoji, which we use to express emotion today?”

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