Josephine Baker - Black is Beautiful





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19-year-old Josephine Baker sensed white fantasies about black people perfectly. Josephine Baker was the center of attention in intellectual circles. The writer Hemingway, the painter Van Dongen, the photographer Man Ray, the architect Le Corbusier, they all loved Josephine. She was a true source of inspiration.

Her first dance performance at the Revue Nègre as Fatou, which was seen by Mondriaan and Van Dongen in Paris in 1925, came as a bombshell. Parisian ladies even copied Josephines hair style.

Her performances were always sold out and her moves already showed the dances of the future: the twist, hip hop and break dance.

Josephine managed to reinvent herself constantly. When critics complained she had begun to repeat herself, she learned to dance on pointe. She was also discovered as a singer.

Her popularity continued to grow. There were Josephine Baker dolls, she was asked to appear in advertisements and she enjoyed fame far beyond Paris.

While Josephine painted her face white and treated her skin with lemon to get a lighter complexion, tanned skin became fashionable in fashionable sea-side resorts thanks to her.


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