Vogue Mexico's iconic cover image was taken by photographer Nickolas Muray’s in 1939 in New York. The November issue's Kahlo publicity coincides with the opening of “Appearances Can Be Deceiving: The Dresses of Frida Kahlo,” at the artist’s eponymous museum.
Although this is a brand new cover, it might look a bit familiar. The image of Kahlo was used for a mock-up of a Paris Vogue cover that has been floating around the Internet for a while, but that mock-up is a fake. According to a Vogue Mexico rep, this is the first time Murray’s family granted permission for the image to be used on a fashion magazine cover. In addition, the shot was recreated with actress Salma Hayek for a Paris Vogue cover that marked the 2002 biopic “Frida.”
Inside the special collector’s edition of the magazine is an entire package devoted to Kahlo that includes a feature on contemporary designers — like Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo — who have designed collections inspired by the artist, a story on the exhibition, as well as an article on the elements of her style.This isn’t the first time Kahlo has been featured in Vogue; she was also interviewed in American Vogue in 1937. We’ve been admiring this image for years and are so excited that it’s finally an actual Vogue cover.