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Kahlo tattoo means strength for Scotland’s Emeli Sande

- July 20th, 2012

Is it just me or are Scottish female musicians really digging Mexican artist Frida Kahlo?
First Garbage’s Shirley Manson paid homage to Kahlo’s braided hairdo in the liner notes for the band’s latest album, Not Your Kind Of People.
And now Aberdeen-raised Emeli Sande, whose debut R&B-soul disc, Our Version of Events became the UK’s best selling debut of 2012 and saw her win a BRIT Critics’ Choice Award earlier this year, has a tattoo of Kahlo on her forearm.
“Frida, I guess I saw her work in art class when I was in high school and then from then on, as I grew older as I woman, she meant more and more to me,” Sande told QMI Agency in Toronto, before her two opening slots for Coldplay at the Air Canada Centre on July 23-24.
“I really understand how strong she had been as an artist. I feel like her portraits, in particular, the flaws are right there for you to see and it makes (them) so beautiful and strong. And as a woman within the (music) industry, there are certain kind of rules and boxes people try and put you into. So seeing her reminds me to be a strong artist and to really compete with anybody whether they’re a man or woman.”
Our Version of Events has spawned such hits as Heaven and Next To Me.
Sande’s expected to have more tour dates in Canada in the fall.