1925, Joséphine Baker is just 19 years old when she boards the Berengaria, a transatlantic liner heading for Paris. All she takes with her is her courage, her stunning body, and her desire to dance. She very quickly starts filling seats for the Théâtre des Champs Elysées’ Negro Review.
Joséphine Baker stunned Paris. Thanks to her talent, her generosity, and her daring she transcends fashions and achieves a universalism that everyone could understand. Muse for Dior or Balmain, resistance fighter, mother of the rainbow tribe, dancer, singer, champion for the Afro- American cause... she assumes each role with the same elegance, spontaneity, and freedom of thought.
On November 30, 2021, she is the sixth woman and the first black woman to enter the Pantheon.
©JOSEPHINE BAKER collection Laurent Teboul & Nathalie Elmaleh
Joséphine Baker (1906-1975), artiste de music-hall américaine. © Gaston Paris / Roger-Viollet