SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM

SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM

The world of Grace Jones

by Maria Raposo

Grace Jones: one time model, fashion icon and disco and new wave goddess, Jones created an extreme yet timeless image of herself. Using the sharp angularity of her natural features to her advantage, her overt expressions of sexuality were juxtaposed with her androgynous appearance. Her look was not intended to please or satisfy men; rather she embraced this forceful and intimidating image, saying: “my image is supposed to frighten men - so only the good ones come through.”

She rebelled, first against her strictly religious upbringing in Jamaica, and later against the expectations of society: “Either I go in the opposite direction or I create a new direction for myself, regardless of what the rules are or what society says.” She is like no other, influencing today’s celebrities, most notably Lady Gaga and Rihanna, she is still fierce and a true original.

Grace Jones by Andrea Klarin, 2008

By Andrea Klarin, 2008

Grace Jones By Chris Cunningham, 2008

By Chris Cunningham, 2008

Grace Jones With Dolph Lundgren by Helmut Newton, 1985

With Dolph Lundgren by Helmut Newton, 1985

Grace Jones By Hans Feurer, 1975

By Hans Feurer, 1975

Grace Jones By Greg Gorman, 1982

By Greg Gorman, 1982

Grace Jones By Jean Paul Goude, 1983

By Jean Paul Goude, 1983

Grace Jones, Do Not Feed the Animal, Jean Paul Goude, 1983

Do Not Feed the Animal, Jean Paul Goude, 1983

Grace jones, Nightclubbing Album Cover, by Jean Paul Goude, 1981

Nightclubbing Album Cover, by Jean Paul Goude, 1981

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