Grace Jones

Grace Jones
ESSENCE.COM Jul, 23, 2009

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Decades after her thrilling arrival—shaved head and all—the incomparable Grace Jones is still breaking all the rules and influencing the next generation. Check out the trendsetter’s wild styles. Here, the disco diva rocks a typically provocative outfit in 1977.

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Singer and model Grace Jones wears ready-to-wear women’s fashions from French fashion house Emmanuelle Khanh during a 1976 Spring-Summer fashion show in Paris. Her outfit includes a light halter dress and a turban.

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After conquering runways and concert halls, the stunner turned to acting, starring in such films as the James Bond classic “View To Kill.”

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A then-24-year-old Grace Jones entertains an elite crowd of movers and shakers at New York’s Studio 54 during a New Year’s Eve bash in 1978.

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January 01, 1978

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Jones won the award for most promising new disco artist of 1977. Her first two disco releases, “That’s the Trouble” and “I Need A Man,” soared to the top of the charts. Her first album was titled “Jones-Portfolio.”

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Jones’s androgynous, over-the-top look captivated a faithful following in her hey day, and her influence is seen in such artists as Beyoncé, Rihanna, and more.

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While serving it in haute couture, Jones judges the 1993 Miss World Competition in Sun City.

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Jones soars as she makes a grand entrance in this angelic getup in 2001.

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Jones wows the crowd at the Moet & Chandon fashion extravaganza in April 2002.

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The Jamaican beauty puts the “g” in glam in this Philip Treacy number during Rome’s Spanish Steps fashion gala in July 2002.

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Jones look every bit the island girl with her vibrant headscarf and shades.

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Only Jones can wear a conical hat this well.

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The showstopper dazzles with her accordion talents during a 1981 performance.

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Grace Jones appears on stage with Luciano Pavarotti during the concert “Pavarotti and Friends” in Serbia’s Novi Sad Park in May 2002.

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In April, Jones rocks out at a party celebrating Matthew Williamson’s collection for H&M in New York City.

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Grace Jones gives it her all on stage at the Latitude Festival at Henham Park Estate in Southwold, England, on July 18.

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