Frida Kahlo is an icon for me, a strong woman a head of her time. I like the fact that at the begining she was only the wife of famous painter Diego Rivera, but after her volatile marriage and several health problems, her work, style, bravado, and wit, still continues to inspire around the world, probably more than her husband Diego Riviera. Yes! Girl-power!
Her body damaged from a young age ultimately leaving her disabled and unable to have children, she started to paint as a away of dealing with all her fisical and emotional pain. She said: 'They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality'
Joan of Arc, had led the french army to victorious battles in the 'Hundred years war' before she was captured and burned at the stake when she was nineteen. Twenty-five years after her execution, an inquisitorial court examined the trial, pronounced her innocent, and declared her a martyr. Authors like Shakespeare, Friedrich Schiller, Marc Twain to name a few, have dedicated works to this amazing woman's life.
Marie Curie, a Polish-born French scientist, who conducted ground-breaking research on radioactivity and is still the only person ever to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry as well as Physics.
Queen Elizabeth I, at the age of 25 she was crowned to be the queen of England and Ireland. By then she already been excluded and readmitted to the succesion to the throne, seen and lived through royal intrigues, politically motivated intermarriage and witnessed the decapitation of her mother. In religion she was relatively tolerant, famous above all for the flourishing of English drama, led by playwrights such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, and for the seafaring prowess of English adventurers such as Sir Francis Drake.
Charlotte Bronte, After her mother died at young age, she sought shelter in an imaginary world from which she derived inspiration for most of the charecters in her novels.
Before becoming well-known as the author of Jane Eyre, some of her first writings were published in her and her brother's booklet "The young Men's Magazine', a copy which was sold for almost £700,000 at Sothebu's in 2011.
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