Going Bananas 🍌 It started with Josephine

Josephine Baker Glamour

Fleur du Mal may have us Going Bananas with their Limited Edition lingerie, but it may have started with the lovely and talented Josephine Baker.

On June 3, 1906, Josephine Baker was born Freda Josephine McDonald in the slums of St. Louis. Growing up, she cleaned houses and babysat for the wealthy. At the age of 15, Baker was recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show; from there, she went to Harlem where she performed in musicals. Eventually, she landed a gig in France as part of an all-black revue, at a salary of $1,000 a month; she emigrated in 1925.

It was the summer of 1926 at the Folies Bergère in Paris. Hordes of white Parisians flocked to the famed theater to see La Revue Nègre, a musical show that emerged from France due to the country’s fascination with jazz culture. And there, wearing little more than strings of pearls, wrist cuffs, and a skirt made of 16 rubber bananas, Josephine Baker descended from a palm tree onstage, and began to dance. This dance—the danse sauvage—is what established her as the biggest black female star in the world.

During World War II, Baker aided the French Resistance by smuggling secret messages in invisible ink on her musical sheets. She hid Jewish refugees and weapons in her château that Bakerskin (her line of skin darkening and hair slicking products) had helped pay for. In 1963, she was, notably, the only official female speaker to give an address at the March on Washington. She received the Croix de Guerre, the MĂ©daille de la RĂ©sistance, and LĂ©gion d’Honneur. After she died on April 12, 1975, more than 20,000 people crowded the streets of Paris to watch the funeral procession on its way to L’Église de la Madeleine. The French government honored her with a 21-gun salute, making Josephine Baker the first American woman buried in France with full military honors.

In August 2021, it was announced that Josephine Baker is set to become the first Black woman to have her remains reburied in the PanthĂ©on monument in Paris — one of the highest honors in France. French president Emmanuel Macron made the announcement writing that Baker “held high the motto of the French Republic.”

“World-renowned music hall artist, committed to the Resistance, tireless anti-racist activist, she was involved in all the fights that bring together citizens of good will, in France and around the world,” the palace wrote.
She will be honored at the monument on November 30.

Fashion-wise – offstage, Josephine’s style was developed by Paul Poiret and Madeleine Vionnet, two of the leading couturiers in the ’20s. Her alluring choices have been seen more recent when BeyoncĂ© paid homage to Baker by wearing a banana skirt in her 2006 Fashion Rocks performance. Miley Cyrus following in 2014.

Banana SkirtAt the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards, when Rihanna wore a sheer Baker-inspired dress. The Spring 2011 Prada collection and the 2016 Marc Jacobs’s Fall runway notably referenced Baker’s signature gelled hair.

Or, perhaps, Charlotte Olympia’s Banana Pumps are enough quirk to honor Josephine!

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Text Assistance: Thank you to Vogue, Biography, NPR and Wiki

Juicy Like the Peach – the Perfect Peach.

That description could mean many things, but on Friday, dievca ate the perfect peach.  The peach smell from the fruit bowl was tantalizing.  The peach itself was small. not too pretty and just a little soft.  But, the first bite offered an explosion of taste with juices dripping.

OK, dievca’s mind just went into the gutter.

Back to the Peach…dievca grabbed the phone to call her Mother.  Strange, huh? dievca’s Mom was a fruit connoisseur growing up and she knows the value and pleasure of a really good  peach.  Don’t you always call the person who understands completely when you need to share?

As expected, dievca’s Mom was delighted that dievca had a great peach and that dievca was willing to  call and share.  It brought on the memories of going strawberry picking with a pail of water, a bowl and a can of whipped cream.  Eating blueberries for the first time. Cutting up watermelons for Dad’s business’ annual picnic.

Summer food shared and thoroughly enjoyed.

dievca had a couple of more peaches and has enjoyed them in her morning yogurt. As she was cutting one up, she realized that the shape does look like an A**, in fact a little like dievca’s a**.

Now she gets this song:

And the whole big “to do” about Apple changing their peach emoji:

This is why on Etsy they sell panties for your peaches and peach butt soap:

And dievca will leave you with a Tony Futura graphic of the tan lines on her PEACH. Master just laughs at the lines.

PS. Find a peach for your Sunday, they seem to be very juicy this year. XO