Toronto, ON, July 15, 2011 – In this year’s Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, TruDYNASTY, a Mas Band participant in the parade, is celebrating the life of Josephine Baker in one of their costume sections.
“Josephine Baker is being honoured with the Josephine section associated with our Roaring 20’s theme. In doing so, we have to acknowledge what she was famous for – her costume - topless with a banana skirt. Josephine turned her signature costume into an art – honestly, who would have thought you could make a skirt out of bananas!” said owner and designer Thea Jackson.
Josephine Baker, prominent in the 1920’s and 30’s, was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. Josephine was nicknamed the "Bronze Venus," the "Black Pearl," and even the "Créole Goddess". Josephine was the first African American female to star in a major motion picture and to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. She is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and assisting the French Resistance during World War II.
“We thought it important to pay homage to Josephine in our representation of the 1920’s. It’ll also give people a chance to learn about the impact she had and the theme will hopefully remind people how far we’ve come and the influence the 20’s has had on our lives today,” said Dario Jackson, owner and bandleader.
The Josephine costume has two styles, a topless body painted version and a version with a cage bra for those not comfortable with the body paint. “The body paint is tastefully done and looks very beautiful,” said Thea Jackson.
This year TruDYNASTY is giving back to charity through its costume sales. The Josephine costume is being represented by Nellie’s, a women and children’s shelter. “I think Nellie’s is an appropriate charity for the Josephine costume, considering what Josephine Baker stood for,” said Thea.
About TruDYNASTY Carnival Inc.
Owned by Thea and Dario Jackson, TruDYNASTY was founded in Brampton in 2009 and is a non profit organization. They are a participant in Toronto’s Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival and Atlanta, Georgia’s Caribbean Carnival, they designed for a band in the St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands’ 2010 Carnival and are doing a costume section in the Miami FL, 2011 Carnival.