Style Icon: Grace Jones

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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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    Hannah (ModCloth) 02/09/2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Wow. I love how out there her style is, and how well she rocks it!

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    Rose (ModCloth) 02/09/2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Saw her front row at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC this summer! It was by far the most amazing concert I’ve ever seen in every aspect: fashion, music, art, performance, everything!! 😀

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    jill 02/09/2010 at 1:21 pm #

    She is just magnetic — love her.

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    Alison B. 02/09/2010 at 1:23 pm #

    She is a sight to behold! …In a fashionably good way.

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    Angela (ModCloth) 02/09/2010 at 2:11 pm #

    I really enjoyed this one, Annie. I always loved Jones’ wild, out of this world ambiance. You really captured her persona in your post.

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    Rebecca 02/09/2010 at 6:03 pm #

    GRACE!!! Lady Gaga owes a lot to this woman!

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    lola 02/09/2010 at 6:06 pm #

    one of the origins of gaga fashion is this women right her. glad shes getting her propers.

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    Rae 02/09/2010 at 6:12 pm #

    She seems like someone who would be so much fun to hang with. Also, raiding her closet would be FABULOUS. Lady Gaga… you’ve got a long way to go before you can look this awesome and outrageous at the same time.

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    Wallere 02/09/2010 at 6:54 pm #

    Thanks for this, Andro fashion is often overlooked.

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    Katie 02/09/2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Riiiiiight. She’s so hideous. I don’t know what you people see in her or her style! BLECH!

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    Taahirah H 02/10/2010 at 10:18 pm #

    I agree with Katie… but in less harsh terms. I just don’t get.

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    Richard (ModCloth) 02/11/2010 at 11:01 am #

    I think Grace is amazing. Strong, bold, beautiful. And what a diverse career she’s had! Though, I’ve always wondered why she and David Bowie never teamed up, considering both artists’ affinity for glammed up androgyny.

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    Sophie 02/12/2010 at 1:42 am #

    you could be impaled on her cheekbones.

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    superjuicychicken 02/12/2010 at 4:32 pm #

    the plastic shiny second skin leggings reminds me of glazed lollipops. but i want it.

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    Neon Threads Clothing 01/13/2011 at 4:37 am #

    Grace Jones is truely an icon!

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