The iconic Josephine Baker was the focal point and honoree of the Dior spring fashion show. 

At the age of 19, the American-born jazz singer, dancer, actress and civil rights activist moved to Paris to get not only away from the racial tension in the U.S., but to pursue her dreams in show biz. Her career grew in France after performing in the successful show La Revue Negre. She went on to become the first African-American woman to star in a major film among many other great accomplishments.