Happy Birthday Josephine Baker: 11 Celebrities Channel The Diva

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Today Josephine Baker would have turned 108. The revered entertainer rose to fame in the 1920's (which clearly wasn't easy for an African American woman at the time.) The world famous icon became a citizen of France in 1937 and became the first African American woman to star in a major motion picture. The superstar was liberated in Paris where she performed for various audiences who instantly fell in love with her showmanship and exotic dancing. Ernest Hemingway once said that Baker was "the most sensational woman anybody ever saw. Or ever will."

And here we are almost 40 years after Baker's death and she is still influencing superstars in the 21st century. On what would have been her 108th birthday, Mommynoire gleaned the web for some of your favorite stars who continue to keep Baker's legacy alive by channeling her. Take a look:

 

Happy Birthday Josephine Baker: 11 Celebrities Channel The Diva

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