JOSEPHINE BAKER 1906–1975
Dancer, singer, actress, and the toast of France, who became the first black international superstar. She rose to fame due to her charisma, as well as dancing semi-nude in a skirt made of bananas. At 19, she moved from the United States to Paris, where she was wildly successful and adored, and was the first black woman to star in a film. During WWII she acted as a spy for the French Resistance, and after the war became an outspoken civil rights activist, insisting that she only perform for integrated audiences. Although never open about it, she had a number of affairs with women throughout her life. She also had a pet cheetah.
Scarlet & Jayden from X-Art