This week we honor classic beauty Josephine Baker.
With so many homages paid to this iconic entertainer including those made by Beyoncé and Rihanna, Ms. Baker's place as a groundbreaking performer has been well etched into history around the world.
Born in Missouri in 1906, Baker would have her chance center stage as a young woman in New York City. Working behind the scenes, the soon-to-be star's opportunity came when one of the regular dancer's fell ill and Baker got to fill in. Her unusual anti-chorus line performance launched her into wide popularity and took her overseas.
In Europe Baker was a huge sensation. Not only was her style of dance loved, but her look was coveted by many women. Baker rocked the gorgeous flapper style, complete with a super short bob that was kept slicked down to her head with curls that framed her face. Baker paired her hair with smoky eyes and dark lipstick.
To get her look, Baker actually used egg whites to give her tresses their high sheen and stiffness. For women of the day to copy her style, the entertainer became the first black star to market her look with popular beauty products.
So that women could get their hair to look like Josephine's, the star marketed a hair pomade called Bakerfix. The formula came in a toothpaste-style tube with Baker's image on it.
An innovator and pioneering businesswoman, Baker was also a wise woman with ideas on beauty and confidence that still apply today. On staying young the star knew the key. "The secret to the fountain of youth is to think youthful thoughts," Baker once said.
And in the face of adversity, Baker remained a success thanks to her positive attitude. "I'm not intimidated by anyone, Baker remarked once. "Everyone is made with two arms, two legs, a stomach, and a head. Just think about that."
Check out the fun Josephine Baker tutorial below and let us know what you think!
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