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Bella Donna: Grace Jones

At Rag & Bone's Fall 2008 show, crisp white button-downs were punctuated with skinny black ties, and Alexander Wang showed layers, knit hats and vests. The androgyny trend practically begins and ends with Grace Jones, the model-turned-musician whose signature flat top, glasses, amazing skin and wild getups (Keith Haring once painted her body and fitted her with armor) solidified her as one of the most iconic faces of the time.

Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica, Jones moved to Syracuse, New York and studied acting at Syracuse University. She soon ended up in New York City, where her 5'10" frame caught the attention of the fashion world. Jones began recording disco albums in the '70s and palling around with Andy Warhol. An early triple threat, Jones also acted in a number of movies, including Boomerang, in which she played a French model named Helen Strangé.

Whatever she has done, Jones has put forth an unconventional but undeniable ideal of beauty. Her makeup, usually bright colors in daring concentrations, has been inspirational, as has her extensive and continuing work with AIDS charities.


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aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Intense...
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Intense...
bacon1 bacon1 7 years
She was a Bond girl as well.
bacon1 bacon1 7 years
She was a Bond girl as well.
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 7 years
FEROSH
Britney-Kayla Britney-Kayla 7 years
FEROSH
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 7 years
I always think of the character she played in the Conan the Barbarian movie!
marcella marcella 7 years
Love her! "Pull up to the bumper" is a great song, too!
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
great face, great model...
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
great face, great model...
palacinkabeauty palacinkabeauty 7 years
Grace Jones was, is and always will be simply amazing. I love how she has not lost her bold sense of style even as she has gotten older. She also just happens to have some of the most amazing cheekbones I have ever seen on a human!If you look at some of the younger pop/r&b girls today (e.g. Rihanna), they are clearly getting some inspiration from Miss Grace! :)
palacinkabeauty palacinkabeauty 7 years
Grace Jones was, is and always will be simply amazing. I love how she has not lost her bold sense of style even as she has gotten older. She also just happens to have some of the most amazing cheekbones I have ever seen on a human! If you look at some of the younger pop/r&b girls today (e.g. Rihanna), they are clearly getting some inspiration from Miss Grace! :)
austerity austerity 7 years
...I'm sorry, I think she's kind of manly. But still, she's cool.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 7 years
bellaressa, I was going to say that too! "Fierce" was used to describe GJ back in the day, well before Christian Siriano made it his buzzword.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
She's got nice features!
pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
She's got nice features!
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 7 years
She seems very confident and gorgeous!
Mermaid922 Mermaid922 7 years
She's also such a great example of a black woman who doesn't necessarily have Anglicized features (try to name one outside of Alex Wek). She's just gorgeous, period.
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 7 years
You betta werk !!!
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 7 years
<i><b>You betta werk</i></b> !!!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
She is fierce!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
She is fierce!
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