This Photographer Transformed 6,000 People Into Frida Kahlo

26-year-old Brazilian photographer Camila Fontenele wants us to know that everyone can embody the strength and allure of Frida Kahlo. She believes this so much so, that she created an expansive photo series to illustrate the point. 

The series is titled Everyone Can Be Frida and features a staggering 6,000 men, women and children dressed in the Mexican artist's traditional colorful garb. 

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

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Camila first became familiar with the work and life of Frida Kahlo while attending college. "First, I fell in love with the colors," she explained to Wix, "but then I found a strong, almost spiritual connection with her."

I started reading a lot about her life and work, until the moment I plucked up courage to make something that was inspired by her.

I felt it was like a mission, because I needed her in my both my personal and professional life.

She first imagined her series Everyone Can Be Frida back in 2012 while working in advertising and enjoying photography as just a hobby.

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Noting that Frida Kahlo's story was widely unknown in Brazil, she set out to know and learn everything she could about the revolutionary artist. 

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

Finding inspiration in Kahlo's color-centric aesthetic, passionate love with fellow artist Diego Rivera, her profound pain and all encompassing strength as a woman and artist, Camila felt motivated and ready to show how we all can encompass the enigmatic strength of Frida Kahlo. 

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An exhibition of photos from the series has already been shown in 27 Brazilian cities and three countries with plans to bring the project to a broader audience. In addition, Camila has created a book surrounding the portrait series and stories with plans to release soon. 

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

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(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

(Photo: Camila Fontenele)

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