Josephine Baker in costume

French actress and dancer Josephine Baker in an amazing stage costume which seems to be made of just rhinestones, feathers and confidence!

I’ve known about and admired Josephine Baker for years, but I didn’t realise until recently that she was quite such a remarkable woman outside her stage and cinema career. She was an important figure in the Civil Rights Movement in America (she was even offered leadership of it after Martin Luther King was assassinated!). She also received a medal (the Croix de guerre ) for her work with the resistance movement in France during World War 2. Amazing lady eh?

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