The end of February is here! As our month comes to a close, it is time for us to showcase our Babe of the Month. If you haven’t heard, our BOTM is a woman that we have chosen to highlight that represents the things we value such as inclusivity, strength, inner beauty, confidence, and kindness. We hope that the stories we share of these women can inspire and resonate with you babes. This month we have chosen Josephine Baker.
Josephine Baker was an amazing woman. She was wildly talented and rose to stardom for her spectacular dancing and singing in the early to mid 1900s. She was also a beauty icon and became one of the most famous music hall entertainers of her time. Josephine was a trailblazer and went on to be the first black woman to star in a major motion picture. Not only was she extremely successful, but she was kind and determined.
Josephine worked with the Red cross and the Resistance during World War II, eventually receiving the Resistance Medal by the French Committee of National Liberation. In the United States, she was a civil rights activist who worked closely with the NAACP. She spoke up for what she believed and refused to perform for segregated audiences. At the March on Washington, she was the only official female speaker. She made significant contributions to the movement and was even approached by Coretta Scott King to become an unofficial leader but she ultimately decided it was unfair to her children (she adopted 12 children over the course of her life). In November of last year, she entered France’s Pantheon mausoleum for revered historical figures. She was the first black woman ever to do so.
Josephine Baker was a trailblazer who fought for inclusion and stood up for what was right. She worked to rid the world of hatred and spread love. Josephine was an incredible person with a fierce spirit who was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside. She inspired so many throughout her life and continues to do so even in her death. Some of our favorite celebrities have said so! Angelina Jolie said she looked to Josephine as a model for the life and family she wanted and Beyonce performed one of Josephine’s most famous dances, called the banana dance, at Radio City music Hall. We are so moved by her story and the way she lived her life. We hope you are too! If you want to find out more about Josephine, check out the movie of her life called the Josephine Baker Story!