There are few musicians—or, frankly, people—living who are better suited to a documentary than Grace Jones. Eating breakfast? Grace Jones does it in a Parisian hotel in a fur coat with nothing underneath and a bottle of champagne by her side. Grabbing a snack? Grace Jones shucks her own oysters, while wishing her body specifically, her nether regions was as tight as they are.
The Many Faces of Grace Jones
Although Old Hollywood legends and royal princesses alike may have been revered for their enviable style and penchant for luxury, they also grappled with troubled upbringings and tumultuous relationships throughout their lifetimes. Delving past the curtain of glamorous celebrity, Secret Moments is a series humanizing the icons of yesterday. Grace Jones is a triple-threat: legendary supermodel, disco queen, and prolific actress. After becoming a constant fixture in the Studio 54 nightlife scene during the s, Jones went on to embark on a career spanning music and film. In honor of Jones' 72nd birthday today, CR looks back on some of the little-known and perhaps controversial moments throughout her life. Jones was born in Jamaica in and lived there until she was 12 years old, then moving to Syracuse, New York. Having grown up with her grandparents while her parents worked in the U. There was an article
Born in Jamaica, the singer, supermodel, and actress Grace Jones moved with her family to New York as a teenager in the s, and was quickly sucked into the social scene. By 18, she had a modeling contract with Wilhelmina and began working with designers such as Yves Saint Laurent in Paris and photographers like Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer, who fell for her androgynous style and bold features. And 10 years later, she would land her first major acting role as a Bond girl in A View to a Kill alongside Roger Moore, proving that she really could do it all. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.
Even with her Meltdown festival on hold, June is something of a milestone month for Jones because it marks the 40th anniversary of her first British hit. Jones, who moved from Jamaica to Syracuse, New York, as a teenager, signed her first modelling contract at the age of At the same time, Jones began to really embrace her imposing voice. Warm Leatherette was the first Jones album to have cover art designed by Goude, who would play an integral part in the startling way she presented herself to the world. Her image celebrated blackness and subverted gender norms; she presented something we had never seen before in pop performance — a woman who was lithe, sexy, and hyperfeminine while also exuding a ribald, butch swagger. As Dijon points out, Jones was always a true original who used her distinctive image to enrich her equally distinctive music. The results had the dramatic, avant-garde edge of her image. During this period, Jones also began to hone her songwriting skills.