TodayTuesday would have marked Josephine Baker’s 108th birthday. And although the world renowned singer/dancer/actress has been gone for almost three decades her spirit and style still live on.
In fact, Rihanna was clearly channeling Josephine’s singular style at
lastMonday night’s CFDA Awards in a bespoke Adam Selman see-through gown made from over 230,000 Swarovski crystals and a sleek pixie covered in a dazzling head wrap.
The perfectly timed homage got us thinking about all the other fashion and beauty cues Miss Baker has left us with. So in celebration of her birthday, here are
119 lessons from the “Bronze Venus” that we still live by today.
i just realized she basically gave her eyebrows wings and that’s the most delightful thing i’ve ever seen
A pair of models leaving a hotel lobby on their way to a photoshoot during the 1992 Which Witch? fashion show in Paris
This candid gained great publicity in magical society throughout all of Europe; quickly becoming one of the most famous pictures of the decade, and globally recognized in the wizarding world as an icon of french fashion.
(Yves St. Laurent)
"Confidence is being able to say “Fuck you, I’m the shit” without opening your mouth, say it with your walk, with your smile, say it with your entire being." - Tati-Ana Mercedes
On portraying strong women on the screen: It’s kind of refreshing as a woman not to be playing a character that’s just defined by whom she’s in love with, to be honest. With Margaery, political ambition is motivating her—her relationships with all these different men has an agenda. Game of Thrones is like The Hunger Games in so far as it has beautiful writing of strong, complex, contradictory women—whether you’re talking about Arya Stark or Brienne of Tarth, who are physically empowering themselves; or women like Cersei and Margaery, who are doing the more traditional political court machinations. Margaery represents a very modern sort of PR, winning the hearts and minds. I’ve called her Kate Middleton crossed with your First Lady, Michelle Obama. She is a politically savvy woman who is harnessing romantic notions of royals in the populous’ mind.