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The Black, the Bold and the Beautiful

What is it about Grace Jones that makes her one of the most celebrated black female icons of our time? Carob looks into the life of a woman who has made a name for herself as one of the greatest entertainers of our times in the show business.

The Boy cut, the outlandish costumes, the voice,  the character. She's black, she's bold, she's beautiful and she is Grace Jones...

 

First time I heard of Grace Jones I was in my late teens but I only got to put her under the microscope recently. And wow. .. I know where most pop artists today get their inspiration from, some might not admit it but Grace Jones has had a huge influence in the entertainment industry with her revolutionary style.

Grace Jones is Jamaican born icon of the 80s. She was introduced to the entertainment industry as a model at age 15 after moving to New York. 

Since then she went to record music, perform live, Act and write! I cannot exactly say what one thing stood out about her because she was quite an extremist in everything and excelled in all fields.

Watch a video of her live performance.

 


 Modelling

 She had an amazing face with extraordinary features. To cut the long story short,  she was drop dead gorgeous.  The thing that I love most  about Grace is how she was so comfortable in her skin. A lot of models at this time were still far behind. She was a trail blazer for many dark skinned models who came after her.

Music

Her most popular albums include 'Warm Leatherette' which was released in1980, 'Nightclubbing,' released in 1981), and 'Slave to the Rhythm' which came out in1985.

 

 

She scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with "Pull Up to the Bumper", "I've Seen That Face Before", "Private Life", "Slave to the Rhythm" and "I'm Not Perfect". 

 

 

Her live performances were always anticipated as she was popular for shocking her audience with her outrageous costumes going as far as walking on stage wearing nothing but body paint! !!


Acting

Grace Jones has acted in big budget films. She appearance as Zula in the fantasy-action film 'Conan the Destroyer' alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Douglas, and subsequently appeared in the 1985 James Bond movie 'A View to a Kill' as May Day.

In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 Eddie Murphy film Boomerang. She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film Wolf Girl.

The Grace Jones character

 Some have dubbed her as the world's most daunting diva while others viewed her as some sort of alien. People were extremely fascinated by her character and I guess it is what makes her who she is. 

Grace Jones interview with Joan Rivers