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06/03/2014 08:52 am ET

11 Fashion And Beauty Lessons From Josephine Baker That We Still Live By Today (PHOTOS)

Today would have marked Josephine Baker's 108th birthday. And although the world renowned singer/dancer/actress has been gone for almost three decades her spirit and style still live on.

In fact, Rihanna was clearly channeling Josephine's singular style at last night's CFDA Awards in a bespoke Adam Selman see-through gown made from over 230,000 Swarovski crystals and a sleek pixie covered in a dazzling head wrap.

The perfectly timed homage got us thinking about all the other fashion and beauty cues Miss Baker has left us with. So in celebration of her birthday, here are 11 lessons from the "Bronze Venus" that we still live by today.

  • You can definitely keep it classy while showing plenty of skin.
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  • Cutout dresses have and will always be in vogue.
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  • Feathers are fun!
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  • Pedicures are essential.
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  • Head-to-toe sparkles never disappoint.
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  • Never underestimate the power of slicked down baby hairs. Oh, and statement jewelry is a must.
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  • Every now and then we should show the fellas how good we look in their clothes.
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  • Go big or go home!
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  • You never need an excuse to throw a fabulous arm party (aka stack your wrists with baubles)!
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  • One-piece swimsuits are just as sexy as bikinis.
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  • Two words: Smokey eye.
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