LGBT Night and Frida Kahlo Look Alike Contest at New York Botanical Garden This Thursday!

A Frida look-alike contest with her daughter at NYBG this past Saturday.
A Frida look-alike contest with her daughter at NYBG this past Saturday.

Last Saturday the New York Botanical Garden was swarming with dozens of Frida Kahlo look alikes for the garden’s contest in celebration of her life as part of their current exhibition, Frida: Art, Garden, Life. (check out our gallery below!)

Now this Thursday, June 16th, the garden will be packed again with lookalikes but this time for the garden’s popular LGBT evenings as part of the Frida AL Fresco Evenings for adults!

Just as with Saturday, if you’re going to enter the contest you MUST register as there are only 50 slots available and last Saturday they were all taken so don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity!

As per NYBG:

LGBT Night Frida Look-Alike Contest
July 16
Fridas and Diegos: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
“Break out your finest floral garlands and fabulous fabrics! Let Frida be your muse during NYBG’s Frida Look-Alike Contest, an invitation to honor the artist with your best take on her famous fashion. Dress up and compete against other Frida and Diego look-alikes for a chance at a gift bag from Shop in the Garden, all while enjoying the food, music, and fun of Frida al Fresco evenings.
Participants will be judged on the creativity and accuracy of their outfits by Garden Staff judges as well as audience appreciation. Three winners in both the Frida and Couples categories will be chosen and awarded a gift bag from Shop in the Garden valued at $30, $50, or $100, and will also receive two tickets for an upcoming Frida al Fresco evening event. Additionally, posed photos will be taken in front of the Conservatory’s Casa Azul and elsewhere in the Garden, and made available to the winners.
Rules for the contest are as follows:
Participants must be in full costume—not just props or accessories
No pets allowed
Pre-registration is required for each individual participant
Pre-registration is required for each person intending to participate. A limit of 50 participants will be selected for each of the two contest categories. Once approved, registered participants will receive complimentary Garden admission for the event; a confirmation email will follow with additional details. Limited spaces are available, and while some may be offered on-site, they are not guaranteed. Event will be held rain or shine, and moved indoors if necessary.

In the meantime, enjoy some photographs from Saturday’s event to get you inspired for this Thursday!

Oh and another thing, did you know that Frida Kahlo actually dressed in drag ns posed as a man in photographs—with her family? Talk about a trailblazer!


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