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I know it’s cliche of me to say, but honestly— Grace Jones is a woman who needs no introduction. The former Bond girl is internationally known as a respectable actress, a provocative model, and a talented musician. However, despite her long list of impressive credentials, Grace’s movies and albums pale in comparison to her inspiring sense of personal style and her penchant for over-the-top, excessively amazing stage costumes.
Read more about Grace’s style and extravagant presence after the jump.
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The Jamaica-born starlet began her career in entertainment as a theater student at Syracuse University. In 1984′s Conan the Destroyer, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace played the role of Zula, launching her cinematic career and establishing Grace’s niche in sci-fi/fantasy acting. This led to three consecutive Saturn Awards nominations, beginning in 1985. Grace’s gravitation toward sci-fi and fantasy roles is actively reinforced by her choice of futuristic, avant-garde ensembles. Grace is most notably known for extraordinary headgear, a la Isabella Blow, and scintillating silhouettes, which she pulls off with flying colors, thanks to an undeniable presence and years of training as a model.
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Grace’s powerful presence is mirrored in her multi-faceted and productive career. Grace signed with Island Records and released the album “Portfolio” in 1977. Following the success of her dance club hits, Grace released an album a year until 1982! Her reign as the Queen of Disco during the late 70s and early 80s garnered international praise, a distinct cult following, and the admiration of Andy Warhol, who photographed Grace extensively.
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After a brief hiatus from music, Grace followed-up her impressive six albums in as many years streak with 1985′s “Slave to the Rhythm,” 1989′s “Bulletproof Heart,” and 2008′s “Hurricane.” I attribute her musical success to three different factors: an undeniably energetic and entertaining stage presence, a personal panache and natural beauty that’s unmatched — even to this day, and a totally unique contralto vocal style.
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At 5 feet, 10.5 inches, Grace’s statuesque figure matches her dominating sense of personal style. What I love most about Grace’s enthusiastic presentation is her ability to pull off head-to-toe black patent leather, outrageous hoods, a Flat Top hairstyle, ornate masks, etc. No matter what she is placed in, Grace never appears to be insecure, uncomfortable, or out of her element — in fact, she seems most at ease on stage, in a full body paint ensemble, resulting from a notable collaboration with Keith Haring, or an outlandish sequined bowler hat.
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Grace is often known for pioneering a severe androgynous look in the early 1980s, which continues to percolate into today’s trendsetting styles. At age 61, she continues to break fashion boundaries and inspire millions. Her lack of consideration for current trends, or overarching ideals about how a woman should dress and behave, mixed with her inspiring sense of personal strength and confidence is what makes Grace Jones an authentic, and personal favorite, style icon.
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