Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Iconic Grace Jones

Grace Jones has done it all. Partying at Studio 54, modeling, starring in numerous films, and releasing ten studio albums. The icon was not just a heavy hitter in the 80s, she continues to make waves today, and is still as iconic as she was in the controversial Jungle Fever by Jean-Paul Goude.
Jones hails from the island of Jamaica. Raised in a strict religious home by her grandparents, she moved to New York in her teens. After studying theater for a few years at Syracuse, she moved to New York City to pursue modeling, and was initially signed with Wilhelmina. In 1970, she, like many other Black creatives at the time, moved to Paris with the hope of bigger and better opportunities. She was met with admiration by some of the biggest names in fashion at the time, such as Yves Saint Laurent and Helmut Newton. She soon found herself on magazine covers such as ELLE, Vogue, Interview, and Playboy. This was post-Donyale Luna, who opened up the door for Black models in high fashion.
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