Story and Photos by Jacynth Serrano Rodriguez

Styled by Solleyha Mathurin

ong before Beyonce or even Tina Turner there was Josephine Baker,
the first Black Female Superstar
. Baker was born June 3, 1906 in St. Louise, Missouri and would become one of the most famous
in history.
was a singer/dancer-turned-activist who left the United States, disappointed with its racial climate, and escaped to the grandeur and mesmerization of France.

Today, we honor Josephine for her luxurious taste, her unapologetic ‘black girl magic’ and her way of using her sexuality and power on her own terms– something the United States couldn’t understand and France couldn’t get enough of in the 1920’s.




Like many other things, when it came to glitz and glam, Ms. Baker was never shy. With the Art Deco movement in full swing, Josephine could be seen sporting huge knocker ears and ornate hairpieces covered in gems. To show your love for all things glittery, you can

pick up a
trendy gem choker
body chain

Josephine was a woman in touch with and in control of her sexuality. She danced some acts nearly nude and famously rocked a banana skirt (now an iconic look among pop stars, ie. Diana Ross,  Beyonce, Miley Cyrus). Unashamed and unapologetically, Josephine said,
“I wasn’t really naked. I simply didn’t have any clothes on.”

Now you obviously can’t be that brazen on most occasions, but you can be sexy on your own more modest terms. A
click to read more
plunge neckline body suit
is a creative way to show some skin and some confidence. You can keep it casual with a pair of
distressed boyfriend jeans
or if you want to walk on the wild side, like our girl Josephine always preferred, you can DIY this cage skirt with a trusty hot glue gun and some goodies from your local Joann Fabric.

Opt for a strappy shoe to complete your look, whether it’s a
lace up heeled sandal
simple gladitors

At one point being the most photographed and most famous women in the world, Josephine Baker made the world respect and love her but she never took herself too seriously,
“Beautiful? It’s all a question of luck. I was born with good legs. As for the rest…beautiful, no. Amusing, yes.”