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blackhistoryalbum:

Supermodel Pat Cleveland channeling Josephine Baker, Vogue Paris, December 1990

blackhistoryalbum:

Supermodel Pat Cleveland channeling Josephine Baker, Vogue Paris, December 1990

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vintageblackglamour:

The “Ebony Venus” and the “Bronze Apollo” - Josephine Baker and the Russian-born French ballet legend, Serge Lifar, on the Lido beach in Venice, 1930s. Ms. Baker talked about this day in “Josephine,” the biography she wrote with her former husband, Jo Bouillon, which was published in 1976, one year after her death. “We had had a wonderful time together on the beach in Venice during my Italian tour. I loved to hear Serge speak. He was more entertaining than all the pigeons in St. Mark’s Square. I’d like to have been Picasso in order to sketch him… Actually, he knew Picasso, as well as those who had made me the “ebony Venus” and named him the “bronze Apollo.” Paris had welcomed him from the East two years before I arrived from the West. There on the sun-drenched sand, intoxicated with the sheer joy of motion, we danced. What a curious pas de deux – the star dancer of the Paris Opera and a colored entertainer swaying together in bathing suits on the Lido beach.” Photo: Hotel des Ventes, Geneve.

Can you imagine stumbling upon this scene? they must have seemed like marble sculptures come to life.

vintageblackglamour:

The “Ebony Venus” and the “Bronze Apollo” - Josephine Baker and the Russian-born French ballet legend, Serge Lifar, on the Lido beach in Venice, 1930s. Ms. Baker talked about this day in “Josephine,” the biography she wrote with her former husband, Jo Bouillon, which was published in 1976, one year after her death. 

“We had had a wonderful time together on the beach in Venice during my Italian tour. I loved to hear Serge speak. He was more entertaining than all the pigeons in St. Mark’s Square. I’d like to have been Picasso in order to sketch him… Actually, he knew Picasso, as well as those who had made me the “ebony Venus” and named him the “bronze Apollo.” Paris had welcomed him from the East two years before I arrived from the West. There on the sun-drenched sand, intoxicated with the sheer joy of motion, we danced. What a curious pas de deux – the star dancer of the Paris Opera and a colored entertainer swaying together in bathing suits on the Lido beach.” Photo: Hotel des Ventes, Geneve.

Can you imagine stumbling upon this scene? they must have seemed like marble sculptures come to life.

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luxurypajamas:

Tum sab laanti kanjar: My Black Feminist Iconic: Motheafuckin’ Josephine Baker!

theuppitynegras:

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Let’s just go down the list

  • told racism and segregation in America to kiss her fantastic ass and left to go get that French money
  • made a fortunate shaking her titties in Paris like a real bitch
  • was the first black superstar 
  • reinvented twerking
  • saved Paris by spying on the Nazi
  • got it in with Frida Kahlo another feminist of color that shit’s on Gloria Steinem’s whole life 
  • was still active in the Civil Rights movement despite living it up in France. She was even offered a leadership role after Dr. King’s death
  • had a castle and a leopard with a diamond collar
  • had like 68 husband’s before Elizabeth Taylor made it a thing
  • had a rainbow family before Angelina Jolie was even born

(Source: thebluelip-blondie, via grrlyman)

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vintageblackglamour:

Josephine Baker relaxes with a cocktail in Venice after a hard day’s work in 1940. Photo: Getty Images.

vintageblackglamour:

Josephine Baker relaxes with a cocktail in Venice after a hard day’s work in 1940. Photo: Getty Images.

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smdy:

itsinthetrees:

ultimotango:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. The French Resistance was a group of individuals who helped to win the war against the German Nazis enemy with undercover work. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur from French president Charles deGaulle.

She would also tuck tiny notes into her skirts when she did burlesque routines, and would dance up to the intended recipient and let him pluck it out.  Really brave, really smart, really interesting lady, on top of all her artistic talents.

how cool is she?

I had no idea. What a powerhouse!

smdy:

itsinthetrees:

ultimotango:

During World War II, Josephine Baker served with the French Red Cross and was an active member of the French resistance movement. The French Resistance was a group of individuals who helped to win the war against the German Nazis enemy with undercover work. Using her career as a cover Baker became an intelligence agent, carrying secret messages written in invisible ink on her sheet music. She was awarded honor of the Croix de Guerre, and received a Medal of the Resistance in 1946. In 1961 she received the highest French honor, the Legion d’Honneur from French president Charles deGaulle.

She would also tuck tiny notes into her skirts when she did burlesque routines, and would dance up to the intended recipient and let him pluck it out.  Really brave, really smart, really interesting lady, on top of all her artistic talents.

how cool is she?

I had no idea. What a powerhouse!

(Source: michonnes, via elasti-capybara-deactivated2013)

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vintageblackglamour:

Josephine Baker, just minding her own business, August 29, 1933. 
Photo via Corbis.

What a lovely, lovely outfit. I wish that I had occasion to wear Grown Up Lady outfits like this…and the money to buy them…and the money to afford the occasions. But I guess it’s aged Riot Grrrl/Working Class Goth/Wrong-Side-of-the-Tracks/ black eyeliner and denim FOR LIFE.

vintageblackglamour:

Josephine Baker, just minding her own business, August 29, 1933. 

Photo via Corbis.

What a lovely, lovely outfit. I wish that I had occasion to wear Grown Up Lady outfits like this…and the money to buy them…and the money to afford the occasions. But I guess it’s aged Riot Grrrl/Working Class Goth/Wrong-Side-of-the-Tracks/ black eyeliner and denim FOR LIFE.