In honor of Frida Kahlo’s birthday, here are 5 things you should know about the Mexican artist

(CNN)Frida Kahlo’s image has become so ubiquitous — printed on everything from Barbie dolls to shoes — that it’s easy to lose sight of how radical she once was. Although she was considered a “mestiza” — a person of mixed European and indigenous ancestry — she closely identified with her indigenous heritage and loved the Mexican people. When Kahlo was only three years old, the Mexican Revolution erupted. She grew up in the political chaos that led to end of a nearly 30-year dictatorship and establishment of a constitutional republic. That turbulent time helped shape Kahlo’s world view. By the age of 16, she had joined a local chapter of the socialist party. In her 20’s, she became a member …