Gaga who? … Josephine Baker in a typically extravagant costume. Another outfit featured a skirt made out of jewel-encrusted bananas. The beauty industry used the erotic dancer in its adverts, highlighting the fact that jazz age symbols and figures had the power to cut across social barriers
Josephine Baker: 1950 based in France, she arrived in New York with her husband Jo. They were refused reservations at 36 hotels because she was black. She was so upset by the treatment that she wrote articles on the segregation in the United States and began traveling farther south. She gave a talk at the all-black Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, her subject being "France, North Africa And The Equality Of The Races In France".