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Frida Kahlo was born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon on July 6 1907 in her parents house in Coyoacan Mexico a suburb of Mexico City She was born to Guillermo Kahlo and Matilde Calderon Her father Guillermo was the son of Hungarian Jews from the German town of Baden-Baden He emigrated to Mexico where he became a well known photographer It was there he also married Fridas mother Matilde who was a Mexican of Indian and Spanish ancestry Guillermo built a home for his family which became known as Casa Azul just a few years before Fridas birth Frida also had a younger sister Christina Both parents had a large impact on Fridas life Matilde was a devout Christian but sometimes to rigid causing some distance between herself and her daughters Guillermo on the other hand encouraged education and independence for his daughters At the age of seven Frida became afflicted with polio This caused the stunt of growth in her right leg and also caused her right foot to turn outward However she recovered remarkably due in part to her fathers nurturing and encouragement In fact when Frida did recover he strongly encouraged her to participate in many sports which was not typical of Mexican girls at the time Although she recovered from polio her illness temporarily held her back in school In 1922 she lied about her age and entered the National Preparatory School Since then Frida gave her birth date as 1910 Many believe that this date was symbolic of her strong pride and love of her country as 1910 was the year the Mexican Revolution began This pride would be apparent her entire life as she stuck by her strong political and cultural beliefs and traditions This pride is apparent her entire life as she shows her love for her country through her behaviors her dress and lifestyle It was at the National Preparatory school that Frida first met her
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