Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
In both his public comments and his mural projects, Rivera incorporated Kahlo as a Tehuana into his nationalist indigenous mythology, a representational process that sees her wearing of the costume as an “outer” sign of her “inner” consonance with Native America.14 In an often cited 1948 Time article, published under the tongue-in-cheek title “Fashion Notes” in a section of news from Latin America, Rivera told the interviewer that his wife’s insistence on wearing traditional “Mexican [Tehuantepec] dress” was evidence of her having liberated herself from mimetic dependence on the French and U.S. bourgeoisie. In comments illustrated with a photograph of Kahlo dressed as a Tehuana (see Fig. 2), he explains that
The classic Mexican dress … has been created by people for people. The Mexican women who do not wear it do not belong to the people, but are mentally and emotionally dependent on a foreign class to which they wish to belong, i.e., the great American and French Bureaucracy. (33-34)"