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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Saturday Sultress - Josephine Baker

Blast From The Past
1920s Sex Symbol

Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald, naturalised French Joséphine Baker; 3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) was an American-born French entertainer, activist, and French Resistance agent. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France. 

During her early career she was renowned as a dancer, and was among the most celebrated performers to headline the revues of the Folies Bergère in Paris. Her performance in the revue Un vent de folie in 1927 caused a sensation in Paris. Her costume, consisting of only a girdle of artificial bananas, became her most iconic image and a symbol of the Jazz Age and the 1920s.

Baker was celebrated by artists and intellectuals of the era, who variously dubbed her the "Black Pearl", the "Bronze Venus", and the "Creole Goddess". Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she renounced her U.S. citizenship and became a French national after her marriage to French industrialist Jean Lion in 1937. She raised her children in France. "I have two loves, my country and Paris." the artist once said, and sung: «J'ai deux amours, mon pays et Paris».
Baker was the first person of color to become a worldwide entertainer and to star in a major motion picture, the 1934 Marc Allégret film Zouzou.

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The Missouri-born flapper girl became a sensation in Paris during the Jazz Age for her dancing skills. Her most famous dance involved wearing a skirt made of bananas - but her kiss curl hair, long strings of pearls and love of highly glamorous gowns make her a style icon. 

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