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Josephine Baker (6-3-06 to 4-12-75) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis, Missouri, she became a citizen of France in 1937. Fluent in both English and French, Baker became an international musical and political icon. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, for assisting the French Resistance during World War II, and for receiving the French military honor, the Croix de guerre.

"I wasn't really naked. I simply didn't have any clothes on." -Josephine Baker in La Joie de Paris, 1932-33

Josephine Baker (Born: Freda Josephine McDonald - June 3, 1906 - St. Louis, MO, USA; Died: April 12, 1975 - Paris, Île-de-France, France)

Josephine Baker | Ilustração Magazine Fashion Spread by Black History Album, via Flickr

Josephine Baker reinvented herself many times and future entertainers would draw from the well of her creative endeavors for generations.

Josephine Baker (Born: Freda Josephine McDonald - June 3, 1906 - St. Louis, MO, USA; Died: April 12, 1975 - Paris, Île-de-France, France)

Josephine Baker. Josephine grew up cleaning houses and babysitting for wealthy white families who reminded her "be sure not to kiss the baby." She became famous for barely-there dresses and no-holds-barred dance routines, her exotic beauty generated nicknames "Black Venus," "Black Pearl" and "Creole Goddess."

Josephine Baker I think Josephine is a very inspirational woman She was a huge animal lover, a civil rights activist and adopted many children from around the world that she loving referred to as her 'rainbow tribe'

Amazing and show-stopping stage jewelry, as worn by Jazz Age style icon and dance sensation Josephine Baker

josephine baker, rare photo from the very beginning of her career, est. late teens!