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If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger,There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats: Sex Education #178:An Embodiment in Flesh

If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger,There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats: Sex Education #178:An Embodiment in Flesh

Josephine Baker, daughter of a Negro washerwoman in St. Louis, had begun a sensational career in Paris nightclubs in 1925 by singing an Ave Maria while clad only in a girdle of bananas. She went on a little less scandalously to become “La Baker,” darling of Paris, a citizen of France and a legend to Americans.

Josephine Baker, daughter of a Negro washerwoman in St. Louis, had begun a sensational career in Paris nightclubs in 1925 by singing an Ave Maria while clad only in a girdle of bananas. She went on a little less scandalously to become “La Baker,” darling of Paris, a citizen of France and a legend to Americans.

Josephine Baker, in her famous banana skirt from the Folies Bergère, was an American who made a name for herself in Paris as an exotic dancer. She became an icon of flapper sexual liberation. Photo by Lucien Waléry, via Wikimedia Commons.

Josephine Baker, in her famous banana skirt from the Folies Bergère, was an American who made a name for herself in Paris as an exotic dancer. She became an icon of flapper sexual liberation. Photo by Lucien Waléry, via Wikimedia Commons.

American-born French dancer, singer and actress <a gi-track='captionPersonalityLinkClicked' href=/galleries/search?phrase=Josephine+Baker&family=editorial&specificpeople=93631 ng-click='$event.stopPropagation()'>Josephine Baker</a> (1906 - 1975), Hamburg, 1925.

American-born French dancer, singer and actress <a gi-track='captionPersonalityLinkClicked' href=/galleries/search?phrase=Josephine+Baker&family=editorial&specificpeople=93631 ng-click='$event.stopPropagation()'>Josephine Baker</a> (1906 - 1975), Hamburg, 1925.

Paul Poiret & Josephine Baker 25 novembre 1925. Bal des Catherinettes de la maison de couture Poiret.

Paul Poiret & Josephine Baker 25 novembre 1925. Bal des Catherinettes de la maison de couture Poiret.

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