Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fashion: Lets Bring Back | Josephine Baker

This is a fabulous idea! I will be posting all of these. Over the next two weeks, Huffpost Style will become reacquainted with some of the twentieth century's seminal tastemakers, designers, and muses, as a tie in to their column & now book "Lets' bring back". Once you've spent some time with them, you'll agree that each of these women deserves to remain in the limelight. After all, fashion is fleeting, but true style glimmers forever. First up: Josephine Baker. Most people remember Baker for her famous 1920s dances at the Follies-Bergère, in which she wore nothing but a string of bananas draped around her famous hips. Thanks to her chocolate-colored skin, Baker was a second-class citizen in her native America - but on the stages of Paris she became the toast of the continent! She was also a dedicated member of the French resistance during World War II, and Baker pre-dated Jolie's international adoptive clan by decades, adopting children of different races in the 1950's: a "rainbow tribe" to prove that "children of different ethnicities and religions could still be brothers;" she would adopt twelve children in all.


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